TeenLine & Safe Place

Call or text us: (802) 316-8126

Call us toll free: (855) 273-8336

Contact us by email

Sarah Brunkhorst

TeenLine and Safe Place Director

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About TeenLine

TeenLine is a pilot program of Essex CHIPS that seeks, by providing information and referral services, to connect area youth with a broad range of resources that enable them to live healthier lives and better fulfill their potential. TeenLine is not simply a phone line for youth, but a lifeline to essential services, which can be accessed by phone, online, and in-person. TeenLine is available both to youth in need of services, and adults seeking to support them. To reach TeenLine, call, text, or email:

Call or Text: (802) 316-8126

Toll Free: (855) 273-8336



TeenLine operators are available Monday through Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.​ Call us if you need help, information, or even just someone to talk to.

We are proud to be a licensed Safe Place Agency with the National Safe Place program. Safe Places are sites a distressed youth can walk into and ask for assistance. Trained staff at the site, marked by a yellow and black 'Safe Place' sign, will make the youth comfortable and call the Safe Place office at Essex CHIPS.


A staff member and/or volunteer from CHIPS will be dispatched to the site to meet with the youth and bring them back to the Safe Place office. They will then connect the youth with the immediate services they need, such as food, transportation, or early crisis intervention. To find your nearest Safe Place location:

Text the word "safe" and your current location (city/state/zip) to 44357 (4HELP).

You will also have the option to text interactively with a professional for more help. It’s quick, easy, safe and confidential.

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We are looking for Information & Referral Specialist volunteers for TeenLine.

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