Interim homes wanted
Liberty Resources seeks at least one safe home in every community
By Willie Kiernan
Are you willing to volunteer your home as a safe place for a teen who needs it for a few hours or a few days?
"We can't house them but we can help them," said Betty Ann Liddell of New Woodstock, director of child and family services for Liberty Resources, a human services agency located in five counties.
With county money that was earmarked for another project, Liberty Resources hopes to have at least one safe home in every school district available for youth who ordinarily have few options while encountering abusive situations. Families are being asked to contact the agency to begin the qualification process to become a home host provider.
"The goal is to make it easy for kids to access help when they need it," Liddell said.
Kim Cox-Freyer, from Cazenovia, was hired as case manager and has also helped to develop the program being called Safe Place for Youth Interim Family Home program.
"This gives the youth a chance to get help for themselves, but also for their family," Cox-Freyer said.
This program began when Community Action Partnership could not win village approval in Wampsville to build a shelter for homeless youths. By using volunteer homes on an as-needed basis, the cost effectiveness of the program is apparent as well as a certain degree of anonymity.
"Liberty has taken a stand to help people facing issues that no one else is able to address," Liddell said.
Schools will be visited and posters will be hung to educate the youth in need where to go in times of trouble. Schools, businesses and churches that volunteer to be a safe site will have the necessary information to contact a case manager at Liberty Resources who will determine if temporary shelter in a safe house is advisable.
"We are hoping to get communities involved in this," Liddel said.
For more information, call Kim Cox-Freyer at 363-0048, ext. 162.
"Liberty Resources is very responsible," Cox-Freyer said. "And there are people out there who want to make a difference."