Greyhound offers free ticket home for runaway kids

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By: Ninette Sosa, KNWA

DALLAS, Texas (KNWA) — Greyhound Bus Lines teams with the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) to offer runaway kids a free ticket home to get back with their families or guardians, if they choose to do so.

Every year, around 400 kids and teens who have run away get a free ride home with Greyhound — anywhere in the U.S. — it’s called the “Home Free” program.

Here’s how the eligibility works:

The child, or teen, calls the NRS helpline.
Must be between the ages of 12 and 21.
Be named on a runaway report and be willing to be reunited with their family (and vice versa).
Home Free can be used two times by the same person.
A free ticket is provided for the parent, or legal guardian, if the person is 15 or younger.
NRS phone hotline was founded in 1971 by a group of Chicago agencies and was originally called “Metro Help.” By 1974 the nonprofit opened a national hotline. It is based out of Chicago, Illinois and operates 24-hours a day 365 days a year.

NRS Mission: ‘To keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.”

The toll-free number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

NATIONAL RUNAWAY SAFELINE PARTIAL 10-YEAR DATA REPORT:

Youths contact NRS for support while living at home
NRS has responded to nearly 90,000 calls, via 24-hour hotline, email, chat and online forums
85% who contact NRS are 18 years of age or younger; average age is 17
69% are women who connect with NRS
Caucasians are the largest single group of youth in crisis reaching out to NRS, followed by African Americans and Latinos

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