State Senator makes office Safe Place

By: Cole Miller

State Senator Amanda McGill of Lincoln is opening her door, hoping to help at-risk children. Her office became the newest Safe Place Tuesday.

State Senator Amanda McGill speaks to a small crowd gathered in her office at the capitol on Tuesday and she's got big news. She's opening up her door to troubled youth needing a place to turn; a Safe Place.

“They can come here, we get them in touch with the right authorities to manage that problem and get them out of that unsafe situation,” McGill said.

McGill says her time spent in the legislature opened up her eyes to problems like homelessness and human trafficking.

“We should all be a part of the solution and this is one of many ways I'm trying to help,” McGill said.

More than 50 businesses serve as a Safe Place in Lincoln, but this move is the first of its kind.

“Nebraska is the only place where the state capitol has a Safe Place sight, so we're very excited about that,” Tom Barber with the People's City Mission said.

Tom Barber and the People's City Mission serves as the lead agency for the Safe Place program.

And for all the work they've done, Dr. Steve Joel, Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, says it's proven to be an invaluable resource.

“We're not only saving lives, but we're helping kids be successful and we're doing it because of the work of Pastor Tom and Senator McGill,” Joel said. “Many of the organizations in the community have rallied up and said, “We're not going to let the schools do it on their own.” So, for that, we're extremely grateful.”

The job of Safe Place is to settle kids down, learn a little about their situation and then call the People's City Mission. From their, they can get the proper help for those in need.