Franklin County Needs a SafeHaven
Imagine a place where young adults who grew up in extreme poverty or an unstable home can get a jump-start on the rest of their life.
A campus where they can live rent-free while gaining some of the valuable skills needed for our county’s economy.
A program that teaches in-demand trades and the “soft skills” necessary for a successful and productive life.
At SafeKids of Missouri, we recently acquired 130 developed acres in Dutzow (formerly known as Camp RockyVine). We have already begun transforming it into SafeHaven, a career training center for Franklin County’s underprivileged youth.
And we are currently raising $3.5 million to make this dream a reality.
A Fresh Start
We at SafeKids have a history of helping underprivileged teens in Franklin County.
Since 2013, we’ve established:
- 300 SafeSpots—community businesses and institutions that receive kids in crisis.
- Taylor’s House, a full-time respite care home to transition young people out of unsafe households.
- HostFamilies who take in teens for extended periods of time, often to help them complete high school.
- Other programs to assist young people in getting part-time work, money for necessities, and counseling.
Looking to the future, we’re developing SafeHaven, a campus where young adults can learn a vocation and live rent-free.
Acting as a waypoint after high school, SafeHaven will position these at-risk youth for full-time work and fully independent lives. They’ll have the opportunity to learn skills such as:
- Aquaponics (an ultra-modern self-sustaining farming system).
- Livestock development.
- Business management.
As part of their training, they’ll have the opportunity to benefit from these skills immediately. They’ll be able to eat and sell the food they grow and live on the campus they care for. And some will even be able to build their very own high-tech shipping-container homes.
Additionally, they’ll begin to learn the soft skills they need to survive in professional environments. They’ll learn how to:
- Communicate effectively.
- Make solid decisions.
- Motivate themselves.
- Lead others.
- Solve problems.
- Manage their time and money.
A Fresh Start
The SafeHaven campus is a fantastic facility. Though still in development, it already boasts residential and meeting spaces, a gymnasium, a pond, and other necessary features.
And just this year, SafeKids secured over $143,000 in funding to gain the full use of the SafeHaven campus. We’ve collected food for people in need, hosted training seminars, and started updating the grounds.
But the campus is not yet ready to receive students. We need equipment and funding to train our young people. We need to hire staff to turn SafeHaven into a self-sustaining resource for our youth and our community as a whole.
Over the next few years, our goal is to raise $3.5 million to invest in Franklin County.
You Can Help Build SafeHaven
There are many ways to help SafeKids build SafeHaven.
Let us present this opportunity to your church or community group.
Give a one-time gift in any amount.
Join our HopeClub, with monthly giving programs as little as $25 a month.
There’s a lot of work to do if we want to help underprivileged young adults in Franklin County. Consider how you might lend a hand today.