The Executive Director of the EGADZ Outreach centre says runaway youth are misunderstood. Don Meikle feels young runaways are not out of control criminals, but misunderstood members of a vulnerable group fleeing dangerous situations or trying to escape reality. Meikle says the young people they encounter want to recover and live productive lives. The province has committed $125-thousand for EGADZ to run Operation Runaway for another year. Meikle says the program works because it’s designed by their clients. Home Depot has donated $25-thousand for Operation Runaway.