In a Creative Arts Center format, Sacred Space will provide harm reduction services targeting at-risk youth, black, brown, and LGBTQ foster youth targeted for exploitation.
Youth/children that are removed from homes due to domestic violence end up in the foster care system. According to the California Child Welfare Council, foster youth are at high risk of being exploited by sex traffickers. LGBTQ foster youth face even greater risk. Elaine Whitefeather, Executive Director share “I wanted to create a real, live tangible place where we could plant seeds of peace in a neighborhood and lift up the community,” “I called it Sacred Space for a reason because it implies exactly that.”
HOURS OF OPERATIONS: Various weekly (please call for further information)
MAIN CONTACT: (916) 917-5450
CURRENT NEEDS LIST: New or gently used blankets, coats, sweats, towels, hygiene products, socks, winter wear, toilet paper, snack items (trail mix/packages)
WAYS TO DONATE:
JoLane Blaylock ~ Youth Violence Prevention Program Director
A Community For Peace's newest location opened is Ruthie's Place, an Oak Park location housing our Sacred Space Youth Drop in Center. This is the beginning of a targeted harm reduction project targeting at-risk from marginalized populations, foster care youth, LGBTQ+ youth, youth experiencing domestic violence, and those youth currently being exploited and trafficked throughout Sacramento County. This will be a safe space for respite, that provides basic needs like food, clothing, school supplies, a safe space wtih mentoring, creative activities and outreach services. For kids who need more intensive help with employment, housing or mental health services, Sacred Space can refer them to partnering agencies or nonprofits that can provide that assistance.
With support from nonprofit organizations including Soroptimist International, Rotary International,the faith community, Foundation For Peaceful Communities......ACFP was able to open SACRED SPACE in Oak Park.