New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
10 A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, January 14, 1996
Volunteers needed to assist victims of sexual assault
Please contact Jodie Mytro, the program coordinator, or Karen MacDonald, the volunteer coordinator at the Comal County Women’s Center if you are interested in signing up for sexual assault advocacy training. We will also need to know the best time for you to attend several training sessions when you call.
Training will hopefully be in January. Two or more training sessions may be necessary. Therefore, if you are not able to attend the first training session, we will set up another one for you to attend at a later date.
We hope that you will attend this very important training. It will help you become more knowledgeable about and sensitive to the needs of sexual assault victims.
Task force to focus on victims of crime
A crimes against women and victims task force will be organizing through the Comal County Women’s Center early in 1996. Concerned citizens, victims and survivors of crime, as well as representatives of organizations dealing with crime and victim advocacy, are strongly encouraged to join.
At least two key representatives from every medical, legal, psychological, and advocacy organization in Comal County will be asked to attend. The purpose of the task force will be to give a voice to victims who want to share their negative and positive experiences and/or recommendations with the committee to improve the delivery of advocacy, medical, legal, and psychological services to victims; to comply with and enforce victims’ rights laws more consistently; to identify, study and implement successful models of protocol from other communities; to reduce duplication of services; and to coordinate a closer rapport and team effort between agencies.
New Braunfels is years behind other communities in implementing coordination and cooperation between agencies that deal with victims of crime. It is time for New Braunfels to get on the bandwagon like other small communities its size and work in the best interests of victims of crime.
Anyone interested in joining this much-needed community project should contact the program coordinator at the Comal County Women’s Center in January in order to be on the list for the first meeting in early 1996. The number is 210-620-7520.
Jobs needed for abused women
The Comal County Women’s Center is making an aggressive call to the community at-large to help with job referrals for adult survivors of domestic violence residing in the shelter. Individuals and organizations in the county are encouraged to contact Lynette Whitlock, the house manager, at 620-7520 with any job referrals so that they can be posted on shelter bulletin boards for the residents’ information.
Part of the center’s goal is to help victims regain their dignity through pride in self, education and work. Housekeeping, child care, sales, and other job opportunities requiring creative, organizational and managerial skills are needed to help victims regain their self-esteem and independence. On-the-job training is also welcomed for these special individuals.
The Comal County Women’s Center in New Braunfels is organizing cooperation between local landlords and owners of apartments, houses, trailers and duplexes for survivors of domestic violence to rent after their stay at the shelter is up. Although hous-
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ing is available through the Housing Authority, some victims of domestic violence do not qualify for one reason or another; and oftentimes, the waiting list is long and housing may not be readily available.
Housing referrals may be given to the house manager, Lynette Whitlock, at 620-7520. Ms. Whitlock will then post these housing opportunities on one of the shelter’s bulletin boards for residents to review.
Please contact Karen MacDonald, the center’s volunteer coordinator, at 620-7520 with donations specifically for this purpose.
The Comal County Women’s Center in New Braunfels is in need of new and used book, videotape and audiotape donations for their new self-improvement and self-empowerment library created for adult residents and non-residential survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and incest.
Especially needed at the center are: * Adult library books. The types of books needed are in the areas of GED preparation, career planning, getting into college, job search, single parenting, individual rights, law, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, sexual harassment, self-esteem, assertiveness, values clarification, problem solving, decision making, divorce, child custody, child support, and any other areas of information on self-improvement issues. The center is also
looking for other library donations, such as skill-building workbooks, videos and audiotapes to utilize during workshops and support groups.
* Volunteers who are interested in psychology and social work.
* Children’s library books. In addition, library resources for children and adolescents are needed to supply a new children’s library for the children of residents.
* Tutors. Reliable and mature adult and high school student volunteer tutors are needed after school to help children who are living in the shelter to improve their grades, thus improving their self-esteem during this difficult transitional period.
Contact Karen MacDonald, the center’s volunteer coordinator, in reference to donations and/or volunteering at 620-7520.
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