Provider Details

National Runaway Safeline

Mailing Address

3080 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

Contact Information:

Phone: (773) 880-9860 x217
Fax: (773) 929-5150
TDD: (800) 621-0394
Email: [email protected]

Organization Contacts

Larry Bechdol,
Phone: (773) 880-9860 x217
Email: [email protected]

Maureen Blaha Executive Direct
Phone: (773) 880-9860 x217
Email: [email protected]


Runaways are not "bad" kids. They are not running to something, but away from something. They believe their home situations to be so awful that living anywhere else is better; even if this means living on the streeets. Their home situation usually involves many problems, but not one is isolated.

The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is to keep America's runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

Provides crisis intervention, information and referral, message delivery, conferencing services, confidential crisis line and free bus rides home for qualified youth through the home free program sponsored by Greyhound Lines, Inc.

Hotline available 24 hrs/7 days a week.

Eligibility: Youth 21 and under and their families.

Teleinterpreters are utilized.

TDD/TTY: (800) 621-0394
Main: (773) 880-9860
Toll free in county: (800) 786-2929 (800)RUNAWAY

Free: $0.00 Affordable: N All services are free, confidential and available 24 hours

Crisis Intervention
Information & Referral

Service Categories

Health Care/Concerns, Mental Health, Transportation

Geographic Areas Served

  • States AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Other Information

  • Criteria for Services or Eligibility
    Other (See Description)


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Last Update Date: 08/28/2020

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