Youth Emergency Shelter
The Basic Center (also designated as a Child Caring Institution by the state) provides temporary shelter, typically up to 3 weeks, to runaway and homeless youth (“RHY”), victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, and other youth in crisis, as well as referrals from Division of Family and Children Services (“DFCS”) or Department of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) as an alternative to foster placement or detention, for children ages 11-17.
The Basic Center is open 24/7/365 and is staffed with at least two people, so that a child can be admitted at any time. Park Place is the only place in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an adult and is the City’s designated placement for curfew violators. Park Place provides residents with healthy meals, a comfortable place to sleep, intensive and individualized counseling services, clothing and school uniforms, after school tutoring, transportation to/from their neighborhood school, and enrichment opportunities on the nights, weekends, and holidays. These services are provided by a trained and experienced staff of approximately 20 case managers and house parents, all of whom maintain the child’s best interest when making decisions and implementing programming for the residential children.
All services are provided free to the residents during their stay. School attendance is required for all residents. The staff coordinates transportation to and from school. The staff provides family counseling with follow-up visits after the resident returns home.
Services provided include:
- Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Crisis Intervention
- 24 Hour Telephone Crisis Line
- Individual, Family, and Group Counseling
- 3 Meals and 3 Snacks Daily
- Continuing Schooling
- After School Tutorial and Drop In Center
- Weekly Life Skill Groups
- Recreational Services
- Curfew Violator Program
- After-care Services
- Runaway Prevention Program
- Dobransky Outreach Center
Park Place Outreach works in collaboration with many other service providers in the community. They include Union Mission, J.C. Lewis Health Center, Savannah Area Behavior Health Collaborative, Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, Safe Shelter (domestic violence), Greenbriar Children’s Center, RAPE Crisis, City of Savannah, Chatham County Juvenile Court, DHR, DJJ and Memorial Health System.