National Safe Place and Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development in Phoenix, Arizona

What is SafePlace...

National Safe Place is a nationally known organization that provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. In 2005, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development was awarded a contract to be the lead local agency in our area for National Safe Place.


Why youth need a SafePlace...

Youth experience many unsafe situations which may include, abuse, dating violence, problems at home, at school or with peers, an unsafe driver, being locked or kicked out, and homelessness due to circumstances beyond their control. Youth also leave home for many reasons, such as drug or alcohol problems of a family member who are neglectful or abusive or who make the youth leave. Many times leaving home is not a choice they want to make. Yet national agencies estimate that over one millionyoung people run away from home each year. www.1800runaway.org


Safe Place locations

Maricopa County stretches more than 9,224 square miles, has 25 cities, is home to more than 4 million people and is the nation's 4th largest city. Providing Safe Place access points for youth requires the partnership of community members, non-profit organizations, businesses, and city and state municipalities. The lifeblood of the Safe Place program is the partnership between these organizations and Tumbleweed, which provides a safety net for youth in our communities.


Safe Place partners -- Youth can access help at any of these locations or to find the nearest Safe Place location, text SAFE and your address to 69866.

(Please support their businesses and thank them for being a Safe Place for our youth)

QuickTrip Quick Trip SafePlace Partner with Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development in Phoenix, Arizona

Valley Metro
Light Rail Stations


Maricopa Community
College District




Phoenix Publix Libraries


Mesa Family Advocacy Center

Queen Creek Fire Department

End2End Technology


Child and Family Resources

One-n-Ten

Avondale Libraries


How SafePlace Works...

  1. A youth in an unsafe situation seeks help at a Safe Place site; identified by Safe Place signage, and tells the employee they need help.

  2. The employee finds a quiet place for the youth to wait while they contact the 24 hr Safe Place hotline which is (602) 841-5799. This is also the number for the Open Hands program, which is the youth crisis residential shelter.

  3. The Safe Place contact will call the location back with the name and physical description of the Tumbleweed staff who will be meeting with the youth and an approximate timeframe, which is typically within 30 minutes.

  4. Once the Tumbleweed staff arrives at the Safe Place, he/she will identify him or herself to the employee and the youth. He or she will speak with the youth and will contact Open Hands with an approximate timeframe of arrival with the youth, before leaving the site. The youth will sit in the back of the car on the passenger side.

  5. Once at Open Hands, the youth crisis shelter, the youth receives a meal and speaks with a youth care worker about their situation. Counselors are available to provide support, resources and help. They make sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional referrals they need. Family members or legal guardians are called to let them know that their youth is safe. The youth serving agency helps the youth and their family through a difficult time or crisis situation and offers both short and long-term shelter.

  6. Services for the youth and their family are provided at no cost and are available 24 / 7.



To schedule a Safe Place presentation or to inquire about becoming a Safe Place partner, please contact Michelle Cerniglia, Safe Place Education and Outreach Program Manager at (602) 264-6035 ext. 26.

To learn more about becoming a volunteer for the Safe Place program, please contact Fadumo Malow at (602) 271 -9904. Opportunities are available to help with outreach events, resource fairs, and Safe Place pickups.



Contact us for more information on how you can VOLUNTEER your time
and/or how your business can become a SAFEPLACE location!

Main office # (602)-271-9904