SAFE Shelter Youth Enrichment Center ribbon cutting held Wednesday

Safe shelter youth enrichment center ribbon cutting held Wednesday.
Published: Sep. 30, 2015 at 9:10 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2015 at 10:48 PM EDT
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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - A new SAFE Shelter for domestic violence services opened Wednesday.

What's special about this one? It's specifically geared toward kids ages 12 to 18.

The new Youth Enrichment Services, or YES Center, is filled with TV's, musical instruments, a small library, and even a computer lab.

Organizers are hoping to eventually bring in officials to talk military, police, engineering careers, and college options.

"We have a lot of teenagers in our shelter and up until now there hasn't been anything for them to do. We had a playground. We had a playroom, but we didn't have anything for them to just hang out," said Executive Director Cheryl Branch, SAFE Shelter. "So we are so excited to have a room where, you know the child advocate will be in here with them, they can have programs, they can do homework in the computer lab, or they can just hang out."

The SAFE Shelter Center was founded in 1979 and remains committed to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims, and promoting positive change.

The number for the 24-hour crisis line is 912.629.8888.

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