Greenlink is partnering with Pendleton Place to provide safety and shelter to teens in crisis. Youth who need immediate help can board any Greenlink vehicle to ask for assistance and Greenlink staff will arrange for representatives from Pendleton Place to meet them when they arrive at the Greenlink Transit Center.
This partnership is part of the national Safe Place program, which aims to extend the doors of local youth service agencies and shelters throughout communities by partnering with other organizations to provide temporary refuge. According to Greenlink director James Keel, the goal of this partnership is to provide a vast safety net for Greenville County youth and families. “Greenlink buses travel across 94 square miles in Greenville County and with our FindGreenlink mobile app, which provides real-time arrival information for the buses, teens in crisis can easily locate one of our vehicles and ask for help.”
“Runaway and homeless youth are extremely vulnerable,” shared Jordan Hemphill, youth outreach coordinator for Pendleton Place. “As staff, we are trained to help youth who are experiencing trauma, but this can be a tough population to reach and we can’t be everywhere at once. Partnering with agencies like Greenlink helps us create a network of locations that are more accessible for teens looking for support.”