Kennewick teen shelter to get security cameras thanks to grant

By The Tri-City HeraldJune 13, 2014 

A donation from Numerica Credit Union will help improve security at My Friends Place, the area's only teen homeless shelter.

The credit union, which has three branches in the Tri-Cities, purchased a camera system for the shelter on North Grant Place.

The system also is to extend to the Safe Harbor Support Center building next door. Safe Harbor operates the shelter.

"Numerica is committed to helping our communities and members live well. Safety is a large part of that focus. By covering the cost of this much-needed security system, we feel we are making a difference in the lives of the children and teens (served by Safe Harbor)," said Patricia Braddock, Numerica's vice president of branch administration.

The camera system costs about $500. Brad Taylor, president of Teamsters Local Union 839, will coordinate installation.

Safe Harbor leaders said the cameras will help with supervision inside the shelter and with security outside, and that they're grateful to Numerica.

The nonprofit Safe Harbor provides support services aimed at helping children cope with traumatic experiences, and also offers parenting classes and classes for teens and adults who are dealing with trauma. The shelter opened in 2011 and has seen its numbers grow. Currently, 10 youths are staying the night, with more dropping by for meals and respite.

Along with the camera donation, Numerica also sponsored a fundraiser for My Friends Place on Thursday at Fire Artisan Pizza in Kennewick and plans to underwrite other fundraisers this year.

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