SafeHomes of Augusta asking for volunteers to help with increasing crisis calls

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – SafeHomes of Augusta is known for helping victims of domestic violence in our area.

Now, the non-profit is in need of your help.

Since its ribbon cutting in June, the new SafeHomes of Augusta has been busy.

Women and children are living in the facility and Executive Director Aimee Hall says staffers are busy assisting battered women and men.

“I think a lot of it is because we’ve been so public. With the help of the news media and being able to bring more awareness to SafeHomes, I think a lot of people are learning that we are here,” said Hall.

But with growth and awareness, comes the need for help.

It’s not just for victims, but also for the people who work at SafeHomes, especially the crisis line.

“To me that’s one of the most important services we provide is our 24 hour crisis center because a lot of times that’s our first initial contact that we have with the client,” said Hall.

Hall says phones have been ringing off the hook.

“We had one day where we had 100 call backs. I mean we had received that many crisis calls so we are trying to utilize volunteers and interns to make sure every crisis call is handled,” said Hall.

Vice-Chair Jamey Moss says they are currently working with a few volunteers, educating them on what to say and how to listen for warning signs.

“As we know, domestic violence doesn’t happen between 8am and 5pm. There are calls that go on 24 hours a day that we need to step in and take action to help,” said Moss.

Soon, Moss says he wants to get the men and women who protect and serve to assist.

“One such goal of ours in the future is to partner with law enforcement officers to meet that need in some way,” said Moss.

There are also other areas where volunteers are needed.

“We will be increasing the number of people that we can serve in our shelter so anything from donations, help with cooking for our clients. So, maybe cooking and serving a meal,” said Hall.

It’s all in an effort to make sure not one person misses the chance to break free from their offender and when they do, they’ll have a safe and welcoming place to call home.

For more information or if you are a victim of domestic violence, you’re asked to call(706) 736-2499

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