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Archive for Saturday, September 22, 2001

How to help

September 22, 2001

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Contact person: Meredith Norfolk, volunteer program director

Phone: 843-3333

E-mail: None

The Women's Transitional Care Services, which assists survivors of domestic violence and their children, sees and hears from more women and children than most area residents might suspect.

Last fiscal year, the agency received 2,288 calls to its 24-hour crisis hot line. Its shelter took in 158 women and 148 children, and 72 women attended its support group for domestic violence survivors.

Meredith Norfolk, volunteer program director, said WTCS provides services to Douglas, Franklin and eastern Jefferson counties. In addition to shelter, the hot line and the support group, the agency also provides court advocates and makes referrals to other helpful resources.

Here are some items that WTCS needs:

l Diapers and pullups, all sizes

l Unused socks and underwear for women and children

l Shampoo and conditioner

l Ethnic hair care products

l Laundry detergent

l Paper towels

l Toilet paper

l All kinds of cleaning supplies

l Over-the-counter medications

l Alarm clocks

Norfolk said the agency needs two types of volunteers:

l Trained volunteers to work at the shelter and for the hot line. The next training session is in February, but people can call now and have their name put on the session roster.

l Community volunteers, who do not go through the training session and do not work at the shelter, help with public awareness activities, such as Take Back the Night and other Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in October.

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