NW Ohio youth shelters experiencing uptick in teens needing housing

November is National Runaway Prevention month and many local organizations are working to bring awareness to the number of children and teens currently missing across the state.

Right now in Ohio, 47 teens and children are classified as missing or endangered – some of whom date all the way back to the 1950s. We’ve seen a number of local incidents, even over the past week that involve a runaway teen.  The Zepf Center is one local organization working to connect young members of our community to the resources they need.

Organizers run a shelter for anyone in need of housing, especially teens who are at risk. They say typically around this time of year they see more people reaching out for help.

To bring awareness to this issue, the Zepf Center and area county organizations are supporting National Runaway Prevention month. They are asking buildings in our community to light up green today to shine a light on the growing number of runaway teens.

The Zepf Center has a 24 hour crisis hotline you can call or text if you or someone you know needs help: 419-904-2273 (CARE).

 

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