National Runaway Safeline

Fun Fact (something people may not know already about Steve2you):

I worked as a visual artist, meditation teacher, and Tarot card reader for five years before I decided to pursue a counseling degree.

How did you first become involved with NRS?

I wanted to get some time in the field before my internship got cracking. My shifts have been a high point of my week ever since I started a year ago.

What keeps you coming back?

Everything about it keeps me coming back. My coworkers are all trying to make the world a better place. I like being able to help people in their hour of need.

What have you learned while volunteering?

“If I let myself really understand another person, I might be changed by that understanding. And we all fear change. So… it is not an easy thing to permit oneself to understand an individual.”

-Carl Rogers

Give us a story from your experience that stuck with you:

There’s no telling who I might connect with on a shift. I might take a call from a teenager who just got kicked out with no money on their 18th birthday, followed by a 13 year old who just needs to figure out what to do with themselves until school starts back up again. They all need to be heard, and we can do that for them. There were times growing up when having this kind of resource would have meant a lot to me. It is an honor to be there for those who need it now.

Open Mic Moment (this is your chance to say to all volunteers whatever you would like):

Breathe, close your eyes, and look within. Recognize your strengths so you can cultivate them. Embrace your imperfections, your challenges and your flaws. See yourself without blinders. Having seen yourself for who you are, I hope you can love yourself as completely and as joyously as Lizzo loves herself. You deserve it. We all deserve it.

If you are in the Chicago area and interested in becoming a crisis line volunteer at NRS, please reach out to Jamin Draves, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 773-289-1726 with any questions.

Share This Post

Recent Posts

January 2024 Volunteer of the Month

The National Runaway Safeline is thrilled to announce Jackie Barron as the January 2024 volunteer of the month. Jackie’s path to volunteering with NRS was paved with empathy and a desire to make a positive impact. Growing up in a challenging family environment, Jackie often found herself in the “fixer” role (having a keen sense of responsibility, often prioritizing the needs of other before her own), even at a young age. This understanding of adversity and resilience led her to seek out opportunities to give back, ultimately leading her to NRS.

Activating Connections to Prevent Human Trafficking

As we step into a new year, January holds more than the promise of resolutions. It’s a clarion call to confront a pervasive crisis: Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This presidentially designated annual awareness campaign, led by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), unites youth-facing service providers and communities through education about human trafficking and the roles we all play in protecting vulnerable youth. The 2024 theme, “Activate Connections to Prevent Human Trafficking,” is a stark reminder: This fight isn’t for the solitary hero. It’s a collective struggle, demanding connections that safeguard and uplift those at risk or already ensnared in human trafficking’s grip.

December 2023 Volunteer of the Month

It’s not often that a nonprofit organization is lucky enough to have long-term volunteers. Fortunately, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has been working with John P., our December 2023 Volunteer of the Month, for more than 12 years! John finds that volunteering provides a “meaningful connection with the human experience.” He recognizes something special in helping those in need and wonders why more people aren’t drawn to the fulfilling world of volunteering.

Scroll to Top

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the NRS website. 

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings we’ll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the NRS website.