Within minutes after school ends for the day, the first few teens start filtering through the doors of the Gear in downtown Franklin.
Some migrate to the bank of computers along the wall to work on homework. Others help themselves to the pretzels, fruit and drinks laid out on the table.
The center is the epicenter of the Kids In Crisis Intervention Team, or KIC-IT. A partnership between area social service organizations that already help homeless teens, the aim is to point young people in the direction of food, education, employment and housing.
For kids sleeping out of cars or crashing on couches, the center is the closest thing to home they have.
For a few hours every Tuesday and Thursday, the center opens up its doors to homeless teens and young adults.