Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, Assembywoman Sheila Leslie and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini were among those on-hand for the grand opening of the SAFE PLACE teen drop-in center Wednesday.
The center, located in a medical building near Oddie and Silverada, will provide free counseling to youths in crisis. According to a news release, there are an estimated 1,500 school-age homeless and runaway youths in Washoe County.
The release states in the Reno-Sparks area there are more than 170 locations that display the SAFE PLACE sign. At these locations, including a fast-food chain, teens can ask for help.