On February 5, 2016, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) held an open house. After outgrowing our home of nearly thirty years, NRS moved to 3141 B N. Lincoln on October 29, 2015. After a few months of unpacking, we decided to invite the general public to experience our new and improved facility where we serve our nation’s youth, 24/7/365. During our open house, we welcomed the community to tour our state-of-the-art crisis services center, dedicated training center and new offices. We hosted members of our invaluable board of directors, generous supporters, local dignitaries, our neighbors in the business community as well as residents from Chicago neighborhoods and the suburbs.
Our friends at Chicago View donated the services of a photographer to capture the day. Ashland Addison Flowers donated a wonderful centerpiece arrangement for our conference room. Our neighbors, including Bakin’ & Eggs, donated door prizes for our guests.
44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack supported the open house by spending time with us and our guests, and sparked robust conversation about our place in the Lakeview community. We also spoke about the importance of our services in our immediate area as well as nationwide. Through our interaction, we were able to better understand the importance of an alderman’s work as well as their responsibilities.
Throughout the day, we led tours through our new facility. We introduced our guests to our new, technologically advanced call center.
We showed our new training room, equipped with new equipment that will allow our trainers to better prepare our volunteers for their work. We proudly showcased our new wall decals, which honor our generous donors and supporters.
Our tours ended in our expanded conference room, which was an opportunity for our guests to speak with our Executive Director Maureen Blaha as well as our other guests.
Below are some images from our open house!