INKSTER, Mich., March 16, 2011 – Inkster-based Starfish Family Services (Starfish), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating brighter futures for the children of at-risk families in metropolitan Detroit, will participate in the National Safe Place organization’s National Safe Place Week March 20-26, 2011. Starfish Chief Executive Officer Ann Kalass made the announcement.
National Safe Place (NSP), is a nonprofit organization established to provide nationwide “safe havens” to at-risk children and adolescents in crisis situations. The week is designated to recognize the participating businesses, community organizations, youth safety agencies and volunteers that are part of the NSP program and work for the safety and well being of at-risk youth.
“We are honored to join with another organization that shares our concern for at-risk children and teens,” said Kalass. “The National Safe Place organization provides us with an important ally in our fight against child abuse, neglect and several other youth crisis situations, and this week will help raise awareness of these serious issues.”
Starfish’s Counterpoint Crisis Center and Shelter, located in Inkster, was the first Safe Place partner in the state of Michigan. Since entering the partnership, Starfish also joined with White Castle restaurants and the YMCA to provide transportation and pick-up sites to at-risk youth and adolescents in crisis situations throughout western Wayne County.
About National Safe Place
Safe Place provides access to immediate help and safety for all young people in crisis. The Safe Place program was established by the YMCA of Greater Louisville in 1983. For additional information, visit www.nationalsafeplace.org.
About Starfish Family Services
Founded in 1963, Starfish Family Services is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by creating family success. Based in Inkster, Mich., Starfish serves vulnerable children and families throughout metropolitan Detroit, providing early childhood and parenting programs, after school programs, children’s mental health services, and emergency shelter to teens and youth in crisis. Each year, Starfish helps more than 9,000 individuals, children and families.