Approximately 4.2 million youth ages 13 to 25 experience homelessness each year in the United States.
For 50 years, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has been providing crisis intervention services to young people and their families while also offering prevention, educational and training programs to the network of runaway and homeless youth (RHY) service providers nationwide. This work directly supports our mission of keeping runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
Information & Resources to get Involved
Do you have a desire for a greater sense of fulfillment and a way to give back to your community? Are you looking for ways to support vulnerable youth? Do you need educational or prevention resources on youth homelessness?
Help End Youth Homelessness Today
Get involved with NRS
Feel empowered and prepared to support youth and families in your community.
Fulfill your desire to give back to those in need at any time. Use our trusted, up-to-date information about the runaway and homeless youth crisis in our country.
Join us for interesting, fun events and activities that bring together like-minded people in support of runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Check back regularly as events are added!
Make connections with youth and families in your community
Tell people about NRS and its services. Use this site to educate yourself on how NRS can help youth and families in crisis, and then share the information within your own communities! Word of mouth is one of our strongest assets in making sure young people and their families get the support they need.
You Can Help
By donating, volunteering, or spreading the message, you are directly supporting our mission. Use these resources to help reduce the incidence of youth homelessness and ultimately end it, and have a significant impact on individual lives and our society as a whole.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I help?
Volunteer, donate, or spread the word about NRS. To help organizations in your community, reach out directly to find out what they need. Youth shelters may require specific supplies, for example.
What if I'm not able to commit to the required number of volunteer hours/crisis services shifts?
We often find volunteers suspect they might have trouble making time for their shifts, but they quickly realize they want to do this – and they fulfill the commitment. Reach out directly to learn about different ways to volunteer that fit your schedule.
What if I'm not sure I can handle the emotional and mental weight of volunteering in the crisis services center?
Our volunteer community is very supportive of one another and if anyone has any difficulty with what they hear/read while volunteering, someone is always there to help them. Our crisis services training addresses caring for yourself during the volunteer process, and our Crisis Services Team is there to provide direct feedback and support.