The idea of being stranded is really scary. Whether it’s on an island, in a store, or in another state, feeling disconnected and alone is…

The idea of being stranded is really scary. Whether it’s on an island, in a store, or in another state, feeling disconnected and alone is traumatizing. For runaways, this trauma is exacerbated by the fact that they don’t usually have a network to rely on for food and shelter. They’re separated from people they know, and often don’t have any money. In this situation, the Home Free program is incredibly useful. Through a Greyhound partnership, the National Runaway Switchboard is able to offer free trips home to youth. Not everyone qualifies, but over 13,000 runaways have been helped through the Home Free program. Recently, the Home Free program has been offering Home Free kits, as well as tickets, so that youth returning home get food vouchers, a journal, and hygienic products. NRS is at the ready, 24/7, to help youth who want to get back home.

– Will

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