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Contact: Jean Leier - (704) 432-0496
 
 
CATS RECEIVES 2010 NATIONAL SAFE PLACE AWARD
 
Charlotte, N.C., August 17, 2010 - The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is the proud recipient of the 2010 National Safe Place Corporate Involvement Award.  This award is given to a corporate partner who knows that business is enhanced when a connection to community needs is present and consistently goes above and beyond the expectations of the local Safe Place program.

“The time and effort CATS staff dedicates to the community every day is what makes our partnership with Safe Place and The Relatives so successful,” said CATS CEO Carolyn Flowers.  “CATS works directly with The Relatives in making sure any child in need arrives safely to the shelter.  Many employees also participate in volunteer activities at The Relatives furthering CATS’ commitment to the Safe Place program.”

The Relatives, Mecklenburg County's only shelter for youth 7-17, is the local National Safe Place partner.  Many of the nearly 300 youth that sought shelter last year were homeless or had no form of transportation when they had to leave their house to seek safety.  Every CATS bus and train is a designated Safe Place along with the Charlotte Transportation Center and several Bus Operations facilities.  CATS has buses and trains in service 20 hours a day, making transit accessible and convenient when a child needs to seek assistance.

“The relationship with CATS has been critical to the success of our Safe Place program here in Charlotte. Our community is very fortunate to have a transit system so committed to making a difference in the lives of youth in need,” said Brennon D. Graham, Executive Director for The Relatives.

For more information on The Relatives and Safe Place 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-RIDE (7433).