Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:36
Harbor House at Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to assist its expanded healthcare advocacy program in Wichita.
The program requires volunteers be willing to be on call at least six times a month – evening, overnight, or weekends in four-hour increments.
The schedule is flexible and offers many options. Volunteers need no previous domestic violence training. Training will be provided. Volunteers also need to be willing to attend bimonthly meetings and may be asked to assist with special events, such as professional trainings, fairs, etc.
The program has grown since 2007 to include hospitals, clinics and a number of other specialized healthcare settings. The advocacy program is designed to help survivors of domestic violence and to provide them with resources, education and safety planning.
The program is the only one of its kind in the southeast corner of the state of Kansas. The program is operated 24/7 by staff members and many dedicated, compassionate volunteers. They meet with patients, visitors and staff in Wichita healthcare settings within 30 minutes of identification of need.
Domestic violence survivors are often isolated and lack support, and the program assists patients in a safe and supportive environment. The healthcare advocacy program is completely confidential and free of charge.
Domestic violence affects health by increasing one’s risk for diabetes, obesity, cancer, mental health issues, chronic pain, headaches and more. Healthcare advocacy volunteers meet clients during their time of need and guide them through their options without judgment or preference of a certain outcome.
Please visit www.CatholicCharitiesWichita.org for an application to volunteer, or call Haley Button at (316) 263-6000 for more information.