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National Runaway Safeline

Buying, Selling, & Leasing Can Help Runaway Youth

National Runaway Safeline helps runaway youth and the people who care about them. As a member of Investing in Communities®, National Runaway Safeline can receive funding from the real estate transactions of its supporters, at no cost to the supporter or to National Runaway Safeline. The more supporters use this free platform before engaging a real estate agent, the more resources National Runaway Safeline has to runaway youth have the help they need.

Trusted and Valuable Resource 

Somewhere between 1.5 and 2.6 million youth runaway from home each year and National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is there to help them and the people who care about them. NRS has a staff of 24, 19 board members, and more than 120 trained volunteers working to provide callers with crisis services – to talk through problems and connect them with local resources for food, shelter, transportation, medical help, and counseling. The NRS is always available to listen and help, 24/7/365. 

The majority of youth who contact NRS cite uncomfortable, unfair, or unsafe family situations as their reason for calling. Often the situation becomes a crisis and kids will leave without a plan, which can place them in even greater danger on the streets.

NRS provides an array of crisis intervention services to help youth who have or are thinking about running away. Services include:

  • Information and Referrals to connect youth with the services they need wherever they are in the US;
  • Conference Calls to facilitate calls between youth and their family, remaining on the call as an active advocate on behalf of the youth;
  • Message Service to relay messages between youth and their families when direct communication is not yet an option. Parents and guardians may also access the system to leave a message for their child;
  • Home Free provides free Greyhound bus tickets, helping more than 17,000 runaway youth  reunite with their families; and
  • Online Resources at provides crisis intervention, through direct chats, email, forums in addition to providing critical information to the wider community.

NRS, located in Chicago, is supported by funding from individual donors, foundations and a federal grant from the Department of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NRS was previously known as the National Runaway Switchboard and was originally founded in 1971 as Metro Help.

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Can Support National Runaway Safeline

Anyone who cares about access to affordable housing can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for National Runaway Safeline. Generate funding for the cause by using this free platform to choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for your residential or commercial real estate needs. Or use IIC to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. For example, the purchase or sale of $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding, which has a direct impact on our mission. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Education, Health and Wellness

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, National Runaway Safeline is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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