National Runaway Safeline

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 education or prevention resources on youth homelessness?

Help End Youth Homelessness Today

Get involved with NRS

Free Resources

Feel empowered and prepared to support youth and families in your community.

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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.

Events

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 we can help, and then share it out in 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.

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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/shifts?

We often find volunteers expect they might have trouble making the time, but quickly realize they want to do this. Reach out directly to learn about different ways to volunteer that fit your schedule.

What if I'm not sure if I can handle the emotional and mental weight of being a volunteer 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.

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