For Youth... Someplace To Go
Someone To Help.

Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed youth outreach program that involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis. It is a way for community youth services agencies to partner with businesses, schools, and other community organizations to help young people.

The program creates a network of “Safe Place” locations (youth friendly business, schools, fire stations, libraries, bus stations, and other public buildings) that displays the safe place sign.

These Safe Place locations extend the doors of the youth service agency or shelter throughout the community, making it easier for youth to get immediate help in their own neighborhoods.

Any youth texting 69866 will receive a response that includes the option to reply with “2chat” for more help, which will then link them to the interactive texting center to chat with a trained mental health professional.

If you have a business and would like to make a youth feel safer,
please contact Sea Haven staff (bottom of this page).


Why youth need a Safe Place…

Youth experience many unsafe situations which may include abuse, dating, violence, problems at home, at schools or with peers, an unsafe driver, being locked or kicked out, and homelessness due to circumstances beyond their control. Youth also leave home for many reasons, such as drug or alcohol problems of a family member who are neglectful or abusive or who make the youth leave. Many times home is not a choice they want to make. National agencies estimate that over one million young people run away from home each year.

Fire Departments

Horry County Fire Rescue (23)
Myrtle Beach (6)
North Myrtle Beach (5)

Conway (3)
City of Myrtle Beach Recreation

Pepper Geddings
Canal Street
Crab Tree Memorial
Base Recreation
Community Businesses

A Father's Place (2 Locations)
A Plus Auto
American Red Cross Myrtle Beach
Back Street Cafe
Barefoot Landing
Boulineau's IGA
Boulineau's Shell Station
Bou Tiki
Children's Museum of SC
Children's Recovery Center
Chris' Pizza
City of Dillon Wellness Center
The Clothesline
Conway Chamber of Commerce
Crossroads Pawn & Audio
Dollar General (Little River)
Dollar General (Red Bluff)
Donzelle's Restaurant
Eastern Carolina Homelessness
Fresh Brew Coffee House
Organization (ECHO)
Genesis Complex
Griffin's IGA
Horry Auto & Trailer
Key West Crazy
Kilgor Trouts

Community Businesses

Little River Chamber of Commerce
Myrtle Beach Christian Retreat

NMB Chamber of Commerce
Newby, Sartip, Masel & Casper
Attorneys at Law
North Myrtle Beach Museum
Phoenix Mart
Ross & Munn Orthodontics
RW Wood's Inc.
Snak Shak
State Farm (Windy Hill)
The Center for Counseling and Wellness
The Shepherd’s Tables
Tiki Tan
Upscale Resale
Victoria's Country Cooking
Walgreens Barefoot Landing
Walgreens NMB
White Widow Games
Woodbury Homes

Friendly's Resturants (3 locations)

Bowling Alleys

Waccamaw Lanes


Aynor Library
Bucksport Library
Carolina Forest Library
Conway Library
Green Sea Floyds Library
Little River Library
Loris Library
North Myrtle Beach Library
Socastee Library
Surfside Library

Adult Education Centers

Conway Education Center



Youth and Family Services Network/
National Safe Place
New Orleans Conference

September 25-28, 2012

Sea Haven proudly accepted the ‘Model Program of the Year’ award for the Sea Haven’s Transitional Living Program. Sea Haven also received the ‘Most Outstanding Safe Site’ award for Chris’ Pizza, who has been a longtime supporter of the Sea Haven programs.

Sea Haven staff attended the week conference and interacted with professionals from all over the states to learn more best practices in the field of human services. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit to New Orleans, as we met new friends, made new contacts, and learned how to provide more effective services for youth.

The Executive Director continues to serve on the Youth and Family Services Network Board of Directors for over five years and represents organizations from South Carolina. The Board of Directors also facilitated a workshop lead by organization executives intended as an opportunity for leaders to share perspectives, learnings, and solutions. The intent was to encourage executives and other leaders to share strategies on building and maintaining resilient organizations that can continue to meet missions while adapting to changing times, economies, and community needs.



2012 Outstanding Safe Place
Site Involvement Award

On September 17, 2012, Youth and Family Services Network and National Safe Place presented Sea Haven, Inc with the 2012 Outstanding Safe Place Site Involvement Award for Chris’ Pizza at the 2012 National Fall Conference in New Orleans. Chris’ Pizza is owned by Chris Efaw and is located on highway 9 in Longs, SC. Sea Haven’s Executive Director, Christina Jackson and Sea Haven’s Safe Place/Outreach Coordinator, Wendy Gore accepted the award. Sea Haven also took home the 2012 Model Program Award for their Transitional Living Program located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Chris’ Pizza became a Safe Place site for Sea Haven in July of 2009. Since that time Chris Efaw has promoted awareness to other local businesses, graciously attended Sea Haven events such as National Safe Place Week and has been in the media spotlight as a Safe Place supporter on numerous occassions. Chris’ Pizza (owner and employees) have been one of Sea Haven’s most dedicated supporters and they believe in giving back to the community and helping those youth who have wandered off the path for various reasons. Sea Haven proudly presented Chris’ Pizza owner, Chris and his employees, with this honorable award on October 15, 2012.

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Development Director

Sea Haven, Horry County, SC

Wendy Gore