Greyhound Bus Company Offers Free Tickets Home for Runaway Kids

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By CNN Newsource
January 1, 2020Business News
Greyhound Bus Company Offers Free Tickets Home for Runaway Kids
A Greyhound bus picks up people in Yuma, Ariz., on April 14, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Greyhound has partnered with the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) to offer runaway kids a free ticket home as part of the Home Free program.

Greyhound’s website says that “To be eligible for a Greyhound ticket home, the child has to call the NRS helpline, be between 12 and 21 years old, be named on a runaway report and be willing to be reunited with their family.”

“Youth must also agree to complete the necessary steps to obtain a ticket through the Home Free Program,” the press release reads. “On occasion, parents, guardians, or another adult family member designated by the parent or guardian may also receive a round-trip ticket to travel to the youth’s location, so they can accompany the youth home.”

The NRS will help the youth find a local safe place, such as a police station or homeless shelter. Once the youth is in a safe place, the Home Free application process will begin.

Greyhound tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that approximately 400 youth use the program each year.

Home Free can only be used twice by the same person.

Greyhound will also give a free ticket to the parent or legal guardian if the young person is under 15.

To start the process, call the NRS hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY and speak privately with NRS staff about the situation.

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