Street Outreach & Safe Place

Operation SafeHouse has been providing the Street Outreach program to entrenched street youth ages 11-24 since 1997. Our team is in the community six days a week at locations where runaway and homeless youth are known to congregate. They are given referrals, hygiene products,  snacks, water and transportation to our shelters or transitional living programs if they would like to move from the streets into a safe and stable environment. Youth can also access our program through our Safe Place partner sites, including 74 Sun Line bus routes that provide “mobile” Safe Place transportation to their hubs or our shelter from anywhere in the Coachella Valley.

Safe Place Program

Our Safe Place program is how we reach out to teens and their families who may not know we’re here for them. Project Safe Place is a national program found in communities all across the United States. It partners local businesses and places like fire departments and police stations with the local youth shelter.

In the Coachella Valley, there are 121 Safe Place locations including participating McDonalds, Boys & Girls Clubs, Fire stations, Libraries, Police stations and Sunline buses. Any child in crisis or who needs help can access our shelter by going into any location displaying the Safe Place sign. Safe Place allows SafeHouse to have “virtual doors” throughout the community so that children can access our services no matter where they are.

Each year, we make presentations to over 30,000 7th-12th grade students by visiting their classrooms and talking about the Safe Place program and where to go if they need help. We show them what the sign looks like and what to do if they ever find themselves facing a situation they don’t know how to deal with.

We’re actively involved in making presentations to the community about who we are and what we do. We attend health fairs and staff meetings and make presentations to service clubs like the local Rotary, Optimist and Lion’s Clubs. We’re busy making sure that the community knows about us and that families in crisis know where to turn when they need our help.

If you would like to know more about our program, please contact Birgit Phillips at 

Safe Place Sites

Are you 11-17 years old and need to get to a safe place?  Please visit one of the Safe Place sites listed below and let them know you need to get to a safe place.  They will contact SafeHouse to help you and give you a ride to our shelter in Thousand Palms.
For more information on the National Safe Place Program, please visit their website.

National Safe Place link

Name Address Phone Number
Baning High School Health Class 100 W. Westword Ave., Banning, CA 92220 951-922-0174
Banning Library 21 W. Nicolet St, Banning, CA 92220 951-849-3192
Boys & Girls Club Palm Desert 42-600 Cook Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211 760-347-5712
Boys & Girls Club Palm Springs 450 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-327-1304
Cabazon Library 50425 Carmen Ave, Cabazon, CA 92230 951-849-8234
Calimesa Library 974 Calimesa Blvd., Calimesa, CA 92320 909-795-7618
Coachella Library 15600 6th Street, Coachella, CA 92236 760-398-5148
Coachella Valley Sexaul Assault Service 74-333 Highway 111, Ste. 204, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-568-9071
Coachella Valley Unified School District 87-225 Church St., Thermal, CA 92275 760-399-5137
Desert Communities Youth Accountability 3255 Tahquitz Canyon, Rm. 103, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-327-1304
Desert Hot Springs Family Resource Center 14201 Palm Dr., Ste. 108, Desert Hot Springs,  CA 92240 760-288-3313
Desert Sands Unified School District 47-950 Dunes Palms Rd., La Quinta, CA 92270 760-777-4200
Guaranty Bank 66565 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760-329-4411
Guaranty Bank 420 S. Palm Canyon Drive, Indio, CA 92262 760-325-2021
Guaranty Bank 72628 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-341-3622
Indio Boys and Girls Club 83100 Date, Indio, CA 92201 760-347-9712
Indio Library 200 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201 760-347-2383
Indio Teen Center 81-678 Ave. 46, Indio, CA 92201 760-541-4410
La Quinta Library 78275 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253 760-564-4767
McDonalds 72-755 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-567-1313
McDonalds 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-776-4893
McDonalds 67-555 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Cathedral City, CA 92234 760-202-0668
McDonalds 31-545 Date Palm Dr., Cathedral City, CA 92240 760-324-5250
McDonalds 1717 E. Vista Chino, #D, Palm Springs, CA 92240 760-320-1504
McDonalds 14280 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 760-329-3449
McDonalds 34101 Monterey Ave., Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760-202-6896
McDonalds 78-962 Highway 111, La Quinta, CA 92253 760-564-0618
McDonalds 78-365 Varner Rd., Palm Desert, CA 92211 760-834-2440
McDonalds 82-491 Ave. 42, Indio, CA 92203 760-347-1301
McDonalds 31250 Bob Hope Dr., Cathedral City, CA 92234 760-992-5092
McDonalds 2465 E. Palm Canyon Dr., #13, Palm Springs, CA 92264 760-322-9870
McDonalds 81544 Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201 760-347-7556
McDonalds 42550 Jackson St., Indio, CA 92203 760-347-0506
McDonalds 83131 Avenue 48, Coachella, CA 92236 760-342-0896
McDonalds 50090 Harrison St., Coachella, CA 92234 760-398-5600
McDonalds 72255 Varner Rd., Thousand Palms, CA 92276 760-343-1488
Mecca Family Center 91-275 66th Ave., Ste. 100, Mecca, CA 92254 760-863-7860
Mecca Library 91260 Ave. 66, Mecca, CA 92254 760-863-7860
Palm Desert Library 73-300 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-346-6552
Palm Springs Fire Dept. #1 277 N. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-323-8181
Palm Springs Fire Dept. #3 590 E. Racquet Club Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92260 760-323-8181
Palm Springs Fire Dept. #4 1300 La Verne Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-323-8181
Palm Springs Fire Dept. #5 5800 Bolero Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-323-8181
Palm Springs Fire Station 300 N. El Cielo, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760-323-8181
Sun Line Transit (74 buses) 32-505 Harry Oliver Trl, Palm Springs, CA 92276 760-343-3451
Thousand Palms Library 31189 Robert Road, Thousand Palms, CA 92276 760-343-1556
YMCA 3601 Mesquite Ave., Palm Springs, CA 92264 760-320-6430