This past December, Kevin, an average looking 17-year old, spent the day reading magazines and trying not to be noticed at the Kansas City Public Library. However, at closing time one of the librarians noticed him lingering just outside the door. After a brief conversation, it became clear that he had nowhere to go that night. Knowing how to help, the librarian offered to call Synergy's Street Outreach team.
The librarian knew how to help because the Kansas City Public Library is one of Synergy’s Safe Place partners – a collaboration between Synergy and local organizations to provide immediate safety for youth in danger including teens that may have been kicked out of their homes or are running away from abuse, or young people escaping gang violence.
Whatever the reason a young person needs help, our Safe Place partners know they can call Synergy and we will assist the young person as quickly as possible, providing shelter and safety 24 hours-per-day. Young people throughout the metro can find safety and connect with resources at any of the following locations:
- All area QuikTrip stores
- Kansas City Area Transit Authority buses
- All branches of Kansas City, MO Public Library
- All branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library
- YMCA of Greater KC facilities