Our Mission:

Safe Known Free


We are a non-profit organization in Cleveland that provides urban families with the opportunity to form healthy support systems and break cycles of abuse, poverty, and hopelessness by intentionally investing in their holistic success. We believe everyone needs a Place where they can be safe, known, and free.


Our Reason

Why does the urban community need a "Third Place"? Because people in the city do not have the same access to healthy emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual support systems as other demographics, and without a proper support system and life skills, we are all destined to repeat the destructive cycles of the generations before us.

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Our Services

The services we provide at Third Place offer the youth of Cleveland an opportunity to be safe, known, and free. We will be able to expand services in time with increased funding and a consistent volunteer team, but for now, our services will include the following:


Third Place Drive

Did you know that learning how to drive costs about $300-$400 in the state of Ohio? Acquiring a valid drivers license is a privilege not available to many in the city, but it would open doors of mobility, transportation, and careers where driving is required.

Third Place Foster

Our foster care system is in crisis. There are more foster kids that need placement than there are families and homes willing to house them. Maybe you’re not in a position to foster a child, but what if you could still tangibly help one child?

Third Place Coach

This is a one-on-one mentoring encounter. We all need a support system, someone to come alongside and walk through life with us. Coaching will be tailored to individual needs and will also include help defining dreams and reaching goals.

Third Place kidz

Join us every Wednesday night from 6:45pm-8:00pm (September through May) to learn the gospel in a fun and engaging environment! Through games, crafts, videos, and recreation, we’ll discuss the Good News and grace available to us through Jesus.


Get Involved

Third Place is in its very beginning stages, but there are still ways that you can get involved and help this vision become reality!


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Be the first to know about all the latest happenings at Third Place! Stay informed about our progress, our prayer requests, our needs, our vision, our events, and eventually, our grand opening! We won't be able to do it without all of you by our side. Thank you!


This has been God's vision from the start. He brought the neighborhood kids to our home and slowly etched their stories, pain, and need onto our heart. Please pray that God will continue to provide and that He will be glorified as we stand in the gap for these kids and the community.

Make a Donation

Would you consider partnering financially with Third Place? Together we can reach an entire generation for Christ and assist in breaking the cycle of poverty, abuse, injustice, and oppression. Please join us in providing hope and a future for the youth of Cleveland!


Our Family

Hi! We're the Roberts family: the faces behind the Place. We didn't choose this vision so much as it was handed to us by God. Or rather, it showed up in our yard, knocked on our door, plopped down on our couch, and gathered around our kitchen table. All we did was open our doors, our refrigerator, and our arms, and slowly, God carved out a huge space in our hearts for the youth of this city.

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners.

isaiah 61:1