Duluth Mayor proclaims this week National Safe Place Week in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

March 19, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 3:39 AM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- Mayor Don Ness officially proclaimed this week "National Safe Place Week" in Duluth.

He gave an official proclamation at the Bethany Crisis Shelter Wednesday morning.

The Bethany crisis shelter gave facility tours highlighting the shelter's resources for youth in need.

Safe Place is an outreach program that provides immediate safety to young people in crisis.

The Bethany shelter offers a comfortable place for youth to live and seek help while dealing with crises.

"Emergency crisis shelter for youth for ages birth to seventeen, so at any given time we can have up to twelve kids within that age range staying with us at the shelter. Kids come here due to some type of crisis that's going on in their life and they need a safe place to be," said Dawn Shykes, director of Lutheran Social Services.

Shykes also said they are always looking for volunteers at both the Bethany Crisis Shelter and other Safe Place locations across the city to help reach out to youth.

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