Volunteers can make a difference


Special volunteer training program offered

SPARTANBURG — Want to help the victims of domestic violence or sexual assault but don’t know how to do so? If so, then the SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition would like to help you learn how to help those victims.

In a statement released earlier this week, Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator for the SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition, announced that the organization will offer a special volunteer training program for domestic violence and sexual assault crisis counselors beginning Monday, September 14.

“This volunteer job may be perfect for you!” Martin-Wilkins said. “Our agency provides a 24-hour crisis hot line for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We serve Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties.

“We need Volunteer Victim Advocates to be on-call after office hours, weekends and holidays during shifts they choose each month,” she said. “These volunteers may also work in our emergency shelter.”

Martin-Wilkins explained that “Domestic Violence volunteers respond to telephone calls only. Sexual Assault volunteers respond to telephone calls and hospital referrals. Victims of sexual assault who report to law enforcement go to a local hospital for a forensic rape examination and SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition provides accompaniment and advocacy during this process.”

Under the special volunteer training program “all prospective volunteers attend an extensive 30-hour training program to prepare them for the demands of this position. Training includes an agency overview, dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, current law, crisis intervention, shelter and hospital procedures, listening skills, and resources and referrals.”

Martin-Wilkins pointed out that volunteers “can make a difference in the life of a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Come and find out how. “

For more information about the SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition special volunteer training program call Karen Martin-Wilkins at 864-583-9803 for more information or to sign up for the class.

You may also visit the SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition website (www.shrcc.org) for more information about the organization, its services, and the training program.

“We hope you will join us!” Martin-Wilkins said.Training Schedule

The following is the schedule for the special volunteering training program.

• Monday, September 14

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-6:45 p.m.: Welcome to SH-RCC

Karen Martin-Wilkins,Volunteer Coordinator, and Lynn Hawkins, Executive Director

6:45-7:30 p.m.: Ice Breaker Activity

7:30-7:45 p.m.: Break

7:45-8:15 p.m. Crisis Line Goals

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

8:15-8:30 p.m.: Film — “Battered Hearts”

• Tuesday, September 15

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Legal Advocacy Program/Orders of Protection

Mary Lou Pascal, Legal Advocacy Coordinator

7-7:30 p.m. Therapy Program

SHRCC Therapist

7:30-8 p.m.: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SHRCC Therapist

8-8:15 p.m.: Break

8:15-9 p.m.: Crisis Line Protocol/Role of the Advocate

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Thursday, September 17

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6:00-7 p.m.: Shelter Program/If We Can’t Help Who Can

Tonya Brannon, Shelter Director

7-8 p.m. Report Forms

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

8-8:15 p.m.: Break

8:15-9 p.m.: Emergency Shelter Tour

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Monday, September 21

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Effective Listening and Boundaries

SHRCC Therapist

7-7:30 p.m.: Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

Emily Miller, Children’s Advocacy Center

7:30-7:45 p.m.: Break

7:45-9 p.m.: The Art of Empowerment

Karen Martin-Wilkins,Volunteer Coordinator

• Tuesday, September 22

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Sexual Assault 101 For Advocates

Eboni Littlejohn, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

7-7:30 p.m.: Sexual Assault Hospital Response

Eboni Littlejohn, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam

SRMC SANE Nurse

8:30-9 p.m. SRMC ER Tour

• Thursday, September 24

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Domestic Violence and the Criminal Justice System

Spartanburg Solicitor’s Office

7-8 p.m.: Sexual Assault and the Criminal Justice System

Spartanburg Solicitor’s Office

8-8:15 p.m.: Break

8:15-9 p.m.: Role Playing

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Monday, September 28

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7:30 p.m.: Domestic Violence/Why Women Stay/Why Do Men Abuse

Domestic Violence Victim Advocate

7:30-8 p.m.: Domestic Violence Response

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

8-8:15 p.m.: Break

8:15-9 p.m.: Role Play

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Tuesday, September 29

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7:45 p.m.: Dealing With Diversity Issues

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

7:45-8 p.m.: Break

8-9 p.m.: Role Playing

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Thursday, October 1

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Child Abuse Reporting

Department of Social Services

7-7:15 p.m.: Break

7:15-7:45 p.m.: Safety of Volunteers and Clients of SHRCC

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

7:45-9 p.m.: Role Playing

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Monday, October 5

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Suicide and Clients

SHRCC Therapist

7-7:30 p.m.: SH-RCC Suicide Protocol

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

7:30-7:45 p.m.: Break

7:45-9 p.m.: Role Playing

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

• Tuesday, October 6

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition Conference Room

6-7 p.m.: Final Questions & Answers/Optional Role Play

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

7-7:30 p.m.: Wrap Up Party/Recognition

Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator

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Special volunteer training program offered

This story was submitted by Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator for the SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition.

This story was submitted by Karen Martin-Wilkins, Volunteer Coordinator for the SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition.

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