Safe Harbor Youth Shelter
Safe Harbor is West-Central Ohio’s only runaway and homeless youth shelter.
Designed for children ages 12 to 18, the shelter is a ten bed, co-ed home.
Safe Harbor provides lodging, food and clothing for up to 21 days.
The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free to all youth who enter. **
The ultimate goal of Safe Harbor is to reunify youth and their families. Safe Harbor’s philosophy
is to utilize a community-based approach to treatment by providing services to both the youth and family.
Treatment is a collaborative process. Within 24 hours of arrival, staff members will attempt to contact the
parent or legal guardian. If unsuccessful, the appropriate county agency will be notified. If a youth
discloses that he/she has been the victim of abuse, appropriate authorities will be notified.
Over the past 15 years, Safe Harbor has served more than 7,000 runaway and homeless youth. The shelter is a
safety net for the area’s most vulnerable children in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam and
Van Wert counties.
** Agencies wishing to utilize services will be charged a minimal per diem.