PHOENIX - Teens on the streets who need help now need to look no further than the light rail.
Valley Metro is partnering with Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development to designate the 28 stations around the Valley as a "Safe Place."
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that provides immediate help and safety for teens under 17 years old that are faced with crisis.
There are already over a hundred businesses in the community like QT stores that are designated Safe Places.
Teens can go to the Safe Place and the people there are able to contact Tumbleweed volunteers who get the children a ride and into an appropriate program.
At the Valley light rail stations, teens can simply press the emergency call button and help will be dispatched to them.
Dion is a teenager who was kicked out of his house. He lived on the streets for about 3 months before going to get help. Police helped him connect with the Safe Place and now he is in a temporary apartment getting his life together.
"It is tough living on the street," he said. "Not knowing what you will eat or where you will sleep....I knew I couldn't do it too much longer."
Tumbleweed Center serves hundreds of children every year. The partnership with light rail kicks off Tuesday morning. Signs are already in place at the stations.
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