National Safe Place was created in 1983 as a youth outreach program by Shelter House, operated by the YMCA of Greater Louisville. The Safe Place program began in response to the many calls to the shelter from young people who did not have a way to get there. As a result, many youth trying to cope with personal or family crisis situations never reached the shelter. To address this issue, the Safe Place program was developed, designating businesses and community buildings as locations where youth could easily access help. Today, Safe Place operates in hundreds of communities across the country and is a positive collaborative program filling a void in services to at-risk youth.