PSA: Safe Place

Spotlight on: Safe Place

Project Safe Place

What is Safe Place?

  • Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place sites, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country.

How it works:

  • When youth see the Safe Place sign on a building they know this is somewhere they can ask for help. When in need, they should enter the building and ask for help. They will be connected with a professional who can walk them through the crisis situation with the goal of having the youth return to home and getting families connected with support and resources in the community.

Ways to get HELP:

  • Call the Safe Place agency on-call at (765) 269-6454
  • Walk into a Safe Place site
  • Call the National Runaway Safeline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
  • TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide service where they can get immediate help and safety. Text the word SAFE, along with your current location, (address-city-state), to the number 69866.

When and why it started:

  • Project Safe Place was started in 1983 as the outreach program for local Runaway and Homeless Youth agency in response to many troubled youth needing help. It was first started in Louisville, KY and has spread throughout the country. Safe Place sites currently span across 41 states. By the end of this year, there are will be 18 agencies in charge of Safe Place throughout Indiana covering 30 of the 92 counties. There are currently 945 stationary sites and 678 mobile sites in Indiana alone. Safe Place launched in Tippecanoe County in October 2015 in response to the increasing number of youth being arrested for running away from home and the drastic increase of families becoming involved with the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect. Safe Place provides an opportunity for youth and families to be connected with local resources and services before they become involved with Juvenile Probation or the Department of Child Services.

Safe Place Sites in Tippecanoe County:

  • Tippecanoe Township Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lafayette Fire Department (all stations)
  • West Lafayette Fire Department (all stations)
  • Purdue University Fire Department (all stations)
  • Hanna Community Center
  • Bauer Family Resources
  • Sacred Grounds
  • Salvation Army
  • Buck Creek Pizza (Dayton Station)
  • McAllister Recreation Center
  • Mental Health America
  • Pride Lafayette, Inc.
  • West Lafayette Public Library

Lafayette Independent 6th Aniversary Potluck Dinner Bash

Come Celebrate With Us!

Why:       The Lafayette Independent is starting its 7th year.
What:     6th Aniversary Potluck Dinner Bash
When:     Sunday, October 30, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where:   UU Church, 333 Meridian Street, WL, Fellowship Hall

Tentative Agenda

5:00 – 6:00 pm Drop off potluck items, meet, munch, drink, bid
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm Live music, Tarot readings, silent auction
7:30 Silent auction closes.

[Donations of potluck and auction items will be much appreciated.]

Potluck Items can be brought 5:00 – 6:00 pm day of.

Silent Auction items can be dropped off on Monday, 10/24, and Tuesday, 10/25, from 8:00 am until noon; on Wednesday, 10/26 and Thursday, 10/ 27, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Additional hours: Thursday, 10/27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm and Saturday, 10/29, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Auction items should be left in R. 212 at the UU Church. Use Smiley Street entrance.

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17th Annual Halloween Parade

NCNA Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 PM
at Lincoln Park (on Lincoln St)

Parade starts at the corner of Lincoln & Rose. Please meet there by 2:50 PM. Come join the FUN of the 17th Annual Halloween Parade! Everyone is invited to this event. This is your chance to see our neighborhood kids in their awesome costumes! We will parade on Lincoln St. from Rose St. to the Park. This will allow for great photo shoots!

Once we arrive at the Park, the 48 youngest kids in costume will be introduced to the crowd one-by one, and will receive Goodie Bags with small toys and candy. Hot Chocolate will also be available to all. Hope you and your children can make it!

Lincoln Park Back-to-School Brunch

August 7th marked the first annual back-to-school brunch for residents of the New Chauncey neighborhood.  Held at Lincoln Park, the potluck style gathering brought many faces, old and new, together.

As the resident responsible for planning the event, I was initially looking for a way to get to know some of her new neighbors.  It occurred to me that despite living down the street from the park, it was still difficult to see all of the familiar neighborhood faces and playmates throughout the summer.  Vacations, camps, and recreational sports make these months just as busy as the school year for many.  Thus, with the promise of free coffee, an open invitation was passed around, asking residents to bring their kids and mingle over brunch favorites.  The turnout was impressive, and many people could be overheard expressing the desire for more events like the Back-to-School Brunch at Lincoln Park.

Looks like this year’s potluck was the start of a new tradition for the New Chauncey Neighborhood.

See you next year,


2016 Meet and Greet Event

Help welcome new student renters to the New Chauncey neighborhood by volunteering for the annual Meet and Greet.

It’s 60 minute activity that has you walking through New Chauncey, knocking on doors, and handing out information about West Lafayette and the surrounding area.

Join us on Tuesday August 23, 5:30 PM @ Graduate Student Center (RM 105).  It is located at 504 Northwestern Avenue inside the Northwestern parking garage.

The Meet and Greet event is sponsored by the West Lafayette-Purdue Community Partnership Team, a group that meets throughout the year to discuss areas of common interest.

If you would like to participate in this fun event, please show up on August 23rd.

Hope to see you there.

August 15, 2016

Purdue, West Lafayette to welcome students living off campus WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the 17th consecutive year, volunteers from Purdue University and the city of West Lafayette will go around the New Chauncey and Northwestern Heights neighborhoods on Tuesday (Aug. 23) evening to meet students living off campus and welcome them to West Lafayette and Purdue.

“Each year, thousands of Purdue students live off-campus and are an integral part of the Purdue and West Lafayette communities. We want to welcome our students into their neighborhoods and provide them with resources for living in the community,” said Frank Dooley, vice provost for teaching and learning and chair of the Purdue Community Partnership Team.

Volunteers will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Graduate Student Center, room 105, at 504 Northwestern Avenue. Each volunteer will get a gold Meet and Greet T-shirt, a street map of the near-campus neighborhoods showing
student residences, and door hangers with information about Purdue and West Lafayette that they will leave at each residence they visit.

Volunteers will then divide into small teams and walk around the neighborhoods to make their visits. Meet and Greet is arranged jointly by the Purdue University and West Lafayette Community Partnership teams. “The main purpose of the teams is to work together to build on the strong relationship between Purdue and the city of West Lafayette,” said Beverly Shaw, chair of the West Lafayette team and marketing and grants administrator for West Lafayette.

“Those of us already here know that West Lafayette and Purdue are great places to be,” Mayor John Dennis said. “We want to share that sense of pride in our community with students who may be new to West Lafayette.” Meet and Greet is open to any West Lafayette resident and Purdue community member who wants to volunteer.

Writer: Brian Zink, 765-494-2080,
Sources: Frank Dooley, 765-494-0615,
Bev Shaw, 765-775-5161,
John Dennis, 765-775-5100,

Neighborhood Garage Sale and UU Church Rummage Sale

UU Church Rummage Sale 2016

Spring has sprung and the UU Church (333 Meridian St.) is holding a rummage sale on Saturday, May 14th from 7am-3pm.

This is a great opportunity to hold a neighborhood wide garage sale as well.  If you plan on holding a garage sale on May 14th, please comment below and we can include you in this post.

Let’s make this a great day for buying people’s old items!

The NCNA supports the ongoing sustainability and historic preservation of the New Chauncey Neighborhood in West Lafayette Indiana