Muskogee's 'Safe Places'

Thursday, January 29th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Everyone should have somewhere to go that they know is safe. Especially young people.

So the Muskogee County Council of Youth Services has kicked off its Project Safe Place program. It's designed to teach children what to do in a crisis situation, and how to keep themselves safe.

The project involves a network of "Safe Places" in the community like fire and police stations, restaurants, and other local businesses. Shirley Johnson, Safe Place Coordinator: "It may be domestic violence, it may be riding with an unsafe driver, it may be a dangerous situation on a date, but we would have services for them. They can access it in the community where they're more likely to go in their own neighborhoods.”

Tammy Hern with the McDonalds in Muskogee: "We felt like McDonald's is a safe place for kids. It's a fun and friendly place, so McDonald's would be a good starting place to start."

The "Safe Place" program is now in 42 states. Area QuikTrips are "Safe Places" in Tulsa.