New Outreach Program Helps Lincoln Teens

By: Kelly Sommariva

Fire stations have been safe houses for kids who are in danger but now these teens are getting help from private businesses, in hopes of helping more people.

40 percent of students attending Lincoln Public Schools live in poverty. More than 100 are homeless. Beginning in September, they'll have somewhere to go.

“You see it if you're a teacher, you certainly see it if you're a police officer. There are a lot of people in Lincoln who just don't realize the scope of need that exists out there in the community,” said Public Safety Director, Tom Casady.

It's part of a national program being brought to the Capitol City, with a partnership from LPS, the People's City Mission and two Lincoln churches.

“Safe Places” are for kids who have been bullied, kicked out of their homes, or who need to get away from abuse, neglect or drugs. When Pastor Tom from the mission asked Scooters if they'd like to help, Jason Metcalf knew his answer would be “yes.”

“One of the things that caught me is there are currently 150 kids who are homeless on the street. That leads to other things so I think any way that Lincoln businesses can get involved in the community they need to do those things, and that's what we're trying to do here,” said Metcalf, the Scooters Area Developer.

The mission plans to team up with volunteers from Berean Church to actually  hit the streets and get the word out. They'll also offer training videos and information to help volunteers and employees create those safe places for kids.