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Immediate Release:  March 19, 2012

In 2011 more than 4,700 homeless children were enrolled in local schools and the numbers continue to rise.  Join Mecklenburg County Chairman Harold Cogdell, City of Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Deputy Director John Muth and Executive Director of The Relatives Brennon Graham at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at The Relatives, located at 1100 East Boulevard, to celebrate National Safe Place Week and learn how successful partnerships are providing assistance to youth in the community and helping put them on the path towards a bright future.  The Duke Energy Center will display the color maroon on its tower the night of March 21 in honor of The Relatives.

The Relatives is the only Safe Place for children ages 7-17 in Mecklenburg County.  “The mission of The Relatives is to keep kids safe and families together,” said Brennon Graham, Executive Director for The Relatives. “As the local Safe Place shelter, The Relatives provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses.”

 “As part of CATS commitment to the community, we are proud to be a Safe Place partner and provide youth in need transportation to The Relatives,” said CATS Deputy Director John Muth.  “Public transit is more than just commuting from one destination to another.  It’s about offering a link to services for youth in Mecklenburg County.”

For more information on The Relatives and its programs, please visit www.therelatives.org or call 704-377-0602.   To learn more about CATS services, visit us on the web at www.ridetransit.org or call 704-336-7433.