In 1982, Philip Bray took to the streets to rescue child prostitutes and runaways who were being sexually exploited in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by his own experiences, he wanted to reach out to those who the Church considered unreachable.
At 7th and Peachtree Streets, a booth in a local hamburger restaurant became the headquarters for SafeHouse Outreach on Friday and Saturday nights.
Within 6 months, over 200 volunteers came together with manpower and compassion to reach out to anyone in need. SafeHouse Outreach outgrew the booth and moved to a storefront off Peachtree Street.
The volunteers held midnight church services on Fridays and became known within the city as a place where the unreachable could come for assistance. This was the beginning of how the SafeHouse Outreach or SHO became a full-service community development organization.
Partnering with local churches and corporations, the SHO
expanded their outreach with afterschool programs in 16 inner-city communities, crisis pregnancy services, rehab and job placement, and assistance for the hungry.
For over 35 years, SafeHouse Outreach has been instrumental in impacting lives and changing communities.
Recognized by mayors, governors, and the President of the United States, SafeHouse Outreach offers a hand-up and not just a hand-out, and is active in finding a solution to those in crisis. Nationally and internationally, SHO is sought-after to replicate their efforts in other communities.
With the help of community partners and willing volunteers, SafeHouse Outreach will continue its mission to transform lives in the city of Atlanta and beyond.