Donkey Coffee Offers Safe Place For Distressed Youths

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Donkey Coffee is offering something more than a cool atmosphere or hot drink to troubled youths at their Athens location.

The Sojourners Care Network has designated Donkey Coffee a "Safe Place," meaning that employees are trained to offer assistance to young people who find themselves in need of help.

Matt Yates, the street outreach coordinator for Sojourners, said the Safe Place program logo is designed to be a universal symbol for troubled youth. "It's a national outreach organization to serve youth across the country where youth recognize a universal sign where they can got help for any dangerous or needy situation."

Sojourners was founded in 1983 in Louisville, Kentucky and the Safe Place program serves 1,500 communities nationwide.

"Any community organization or business that wants to get involved to help the youth in their community," Yates said.  "There's not a lot of stipulations involved. We look for places that are open 24/7."

There are 36 Safe Place sites in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Ross and Vinton counties.