Putnam County Elder Victim Ministry Volunteer

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Crime Victim Services

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Crime Victim Services(CVS) is a United Way based victim support program. CVS began in 1981 in Allen County as the second Victim Offender Mediation Program in the U.S., expanding to comprehensive victim services in 1985. The Putnam County office began in 1990, and is Ohio's only county with all victim services at one facility.

The Elder Victim Ministry (EVM) Program helps elders prevail over the trauma of a victimization in Allen and Putnam Counties, offering:

  • safety planning,
  • trauma support,
  • justice system advocacy,
  • emergency financial assistance,
  • spiritual support, and
  • mediation.

Volunteers are an essential piece to the Elder Victim Ministry program. EVM Volunteers assist elderly victims through listening, compassion, phone calls, home visits, and community outreach. Our program also allows us to reach out to elderly victims as a spiritual support. We do not press our spiritual values on anyone but offer to link the older adult with spiritual resources.

We want to hear from you. Your skill set is paramount and enhances the outreach to older victims in our area. Let us know how we can better serve you to meet educational, volunteer, and life skills in order to provide personal growth to you as an individual.

If you are just starting to build your skills or looking to try something new, no problem. We supply 20 hours of initial training so you feel equipped to provide services to our victims. It is required that each volunteer complete twelve hours of continuing education training on an annual basis to continue to build skills in victim advocacy and outreach. We will also pay you for your mileage. If you drive somewhere for us, we'll put money back in your pocket for the time spent with us.

Reach out and fill out an application today at: http://www.crimevictimservices.org/elder-victim-ministry.html *form is available under Volunteer Application Form

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About Crime Victim Services

Location:

330 N ELIZABETH ST 2ND FLOOR, LIMA, OH 45801, US

Mission Statement

Crime Victim Services' (CVS) mission is to help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution. Elder Victim Ministry, a program of CVS, is a volunteer-based program that partners with law enforcement, Adult Protective Services and other community service organizations to identify and respond to at-risk or abused elders aged 60 and older. Elder victims of crime receive safety planning, trauma support, justice system advocacy, emergency financial assistance, and mediation through Elder Victim Ministry volunteers and staff. The CVS Guardian Program will support volunteer guardians in helping victims whose ongoing cognitive or physical vulnerability requires a guardian.

Description

Crime Victim Services (CVS) is a United Way based victim support program. CVS began in 1981 in Allen County as the second Victim Offender Mediation Program in the U.S., expanding to comprehensive victim services in 1985. The Putnam County office began in 1990, and is Ohio's only county with all victim services at one facility. The Family Justice Center for domestic violence victims in Putnam County opened in 2007.

Elder Victim Ministry is a program of Crime Victim Services, Inc. Begun in 1996, it is a volunteer-based Christian outreach that assists elder victims (age 60 and older) with safety planning, trauma support, support during investigations and prosecutions, emergency repairs, spiritual support and mediation services. Elders are more vulnerable to victimization due to the functional impairments to vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive abilities that come with aging. Since July of 2011, Elder Victim Ministry has served 3,000 elder victims of violent and property crimes in Allen & Putnam Counties.

Our campaign to recruit volunteer guardians for the new CVS Guardian Program began in 2018. Coordinator Katie Campbell will support volunteer guardians of the person as they serve victims aged 18 and older who have been deemed legally incompetent in day-to-day decisions of a personal nature, including arrangements for support services, food, clothing, housing, medical care, and recreation.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

338 E. Third StreetOttawa, OH 45875

(41.02006,-84.04497)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Case Work / Management
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 to 10 hours a month

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