At its April Board meeting, the League voted to nominate SAFE Inc. for the annual Human Rights Award under the group category. SAFE has provided 30 years of service helping run-away and sexually exploited youths of both genders as well as LGBT youths. SAFE provides counseling, advocacy, shelter and case management to get kids off the street into self-sufficiency, helping with many issues, including mental health and drug abuse problems. At any given time, 12 youths can be housed at the shelter with follow-up services when they leave. The population served is very diverse across racial, gender and socio-economic lines. The last five years have seen a shelter expansion. SAFE has given shelter to around 1000 kids and has conducted outreach and follow-up services to 800-1000 youths. The program helps the kids out of the cycle of exploitation and homelessness and assists them to heal from serious trauma, empowering them to become self-sufficient and to give back to the community. The Awards breakfast is from 7-9 AM on May 19th at the Glen Sanders Mansion. Please come to honor our nominee.
Helga A. Schroeter, LWVNYS Judicial Specialist