I really can’t count how many times I’ve picked up the phone at the National Runaway Switchboard to hear someone ask for help finding a resource.…

I really can’t count how many times I’ve picked up the phone at the National Runaway Switchboard to hear someone ask for help finding a resource. Whether its food, or shelter, or money to help get back home, sometimes people don’t need to have a conversation with you, they need something concrete and tangible. When this happens, I immediately turn to the NRS resource database. Thousands of organizations that are capable of providing assistance to callers are listed, and I can search and sort using any criteria I want, like the area of the organization, or the ages they serve. Then, NRS can do a conference call with the caller and the resource, to make sure everything works out. It’s really amazing how problems can be solved with a couple phone calls, and it’s one of the best feelings to find someone the exact resource they need. For anybody struggling to survive, for whatever reason, one call to the National Runaway Switchboard – 1-800-RUNAWAY – could dramatically improve their situation.

– Will