CL Update- New Staff, Parking, Transitions Oh My!

Hi All!
I hope you are all doing well and have been enjoying your summer! The past few months have really flown by! I can’t believe that it is already August!! I apologize in advance for this lengthy update!

New CI StaffAuriel Jasper-Morris and Nick Bergen have recently joined the CI team! If they are in the office during your shift please stop by and say hi!

We are going through a lot of transitions in the Crisis Intervention program! Thank you for helping to ensure the success of our crisis line and On-Scene Advocacy program throughout these transitions! The CI staff would like to give a shout out to Sara S. for being so willing to go above and beyond for survivors!

Parking

MWH has rented out 318 S. Washington to Women Writing for (a) Change.  They moved  in on August 1, 2019. This means that we will be losing 4 parking spots.  The new tenants have been encouraged to install signs that indicate that these spots are now theirs.  Below is an image of the spots that belong to 318 S. Washington.  The spots are the 4 located on the north side of our black chain link fence (marked with red Xs on image). 

Harassment Concerns
If anyone experiences any sort of harassment from construction workers please contact a staff member. We will then contact the Project Manager and he will swiftly handle the situation.  He has a zero-tolerance for any rude or unacceptable behavior. The key is to act quickly so we can identify the specific worker(s).  
Overnight Volunteer ShiftsWe are looking at adding an in-office OSA overnight volunteer shift. If you are interested in learning more about this shift please email cisc@middlewayhouse.org


Shelter Requests  Currently, our shelter is the fullest that it has been. For the time being when a caller is in need of shelter please transfer the call directly to staff instead of completing a shelter request. Please let a staff member know if you have any questions.


Continuing Callers  We have just recently updated the two entries for continuing callers D and M. These can be found in the continuing caller binder in the Crisis Line office for you to read, and you are also welcome to come to talk to CI staff about the changes! 


Summer & Fall SchedulesAs summer winds down we are gearing up for fall. We still have some open spaces in the next few weeks on our summerinterim schedule. If you are available to take a shift it would be much appreciated!
Here is a link to the fall schedule. Please remember: If you would like your shift to be a continuing shift every week, you will need to add your name to each week’s tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet document. Just let us know if you are having any issues with that. Any time you are able to commit would be a huge help!

Open Positions  MWH currently is looking for overnight shelter staff. If you are interested in learning more about this position or would like to submit your resume please email linda@middlewayhouse.org.
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Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when you’re helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions. 
Crisis Line Online Resources

CL Resource MaintenanceThis tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
CL Resource Maintenance Sheet

Weekly Reminders

– What should you do as soon as you walk into the CL office?

  1.  As soon as you arrive, you should sign in (this is very important – we get funding for every volunteer hour logged, and this is how we know you were actually there!!)
  2. You should also write your name on the marker board directly outside of the CL office! It helps everyone get to know you. Feel free to draw something fun on there too!!
  3. Check the white board for any updates, or important information. 
  4. Make sure you know if anyone is on the pending list, and familiarize with the ‘current resident’ clipboard. 
  5. Read through the past few days of calls in the call log book to catch up on what’s going on!

– I’m not coming in for my shift. 

  1. Email mwh-crisisline-l@list.indiana.edu ASAP and ask if someone can take your shift, be sure to include the shift day and time.
  2. If it’s the day of your shift, call shelter and let them know that you won’t be in, AND do #1.
  3. Please consider if there is any way to avoid this conflict, particularly if you don’t have a shift partner. Our services does NOT function in the ideal way if we do not have crisis liners. Staff needs to be available to help residents with their individual needs, assist walk-ins, respond to OSA requests, train new volunteers, etc. We absolutely depend on our crisis line to keep things running smoothly. If there’s any way that you can adjust things to avoid missing your shift, please do so.

– I can cover a shift that someone emailed the google group about!

You’re a lifesaver! Please copy the whole group on your response to them so that everyone knows the shift was covered.

CL Updates – Summer schedules + reminders

Hi All,

First of all, thank you to all the amazing volunteers and interns that helped table at our Little 500 event and withstood the chilly weather and strong winds! For those of you who have finals coming up, we hope you all are still resting and taking care of yourselves. Below are the links to the summer schedules and a few reminders.

Resident Medications  Residents should take their medications downstairs. If a resident is concerned with that policy please refer them to a resident advocate.
Believe Survivors ShirtThe Believe Survivors shirts are being sold again in the context of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This is the link to the website where you can purchase them.


SAAM  Be sure to check out our upcoming SAAM events. Consent 201 on April 18 will have three breakout sessions all relating to consent (kink community, long-term relationships, and for parents with young children). Consent 301 on April 25 will be about accountability. For more information you can open the links under “Upcoming Events”. 


Summer Schedule  If you are around during the summer months please sign up on our summer schedule(s). The Summer Schedule 1 goes from May 6 – June 16, the Summer Schedule 2 goes from June 17 – July 28, and the Interim Summer Schedule goes from July 29 – August 25. We appreciate any help and look forward to seeing your familiar faces this summer.
Spring 2018 Crisis Line and OSA Schedule– January 7th- May 5th


Please remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once.

Upcoming Events
There are a couple of SAAM events that we are putting up. Please follow the links below for more information about them.
Consent 201: Diverse Topics in Consent

Consent 301: Accountability WorkshopCrisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions. 
Crisis Line Online Resources

CL Resource MaintanenceThis tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
CL Resource Maintenance Sheet

Weekly Reminders

– What should you do as soon as you walk into the CL office?

  1.  As soon as you arrive, you should sign in (this is very important – we get funding for every volunteer hour logged, and this is how we know you were actually there!!)
  2. You should also write your name on the marker board directly outside of the CL office! It helps everyone get to know you. Feel free to draw something fun on there too!!
  3. Check the white board for any updates, or important information. 
  4. Make sure you know if anyone is on the pending list, and familiarize with the ‘current resident’ clipboard. 
  5. Read through the past few days of calls in the call log book to catch up on what’s going on!

– I’m not coming in for my shift. 

  1. Email mwh-crisisline-l@list.indiana.edu ASAP and ask if someone can take your shift, be sure to include the shift day and time.
  2. If it’s the day of your shift, call shelter and let them know that you won’t be in, AND do #1.
  3. Please consider if there is any way to avoid this conflict, particularly if you don’t have a shift partner. Our services does NOT function in the ideal way if we do not have crisis liners. Staff needs to be available to help residents with their individual needs, assist walk-ins, respond to OSA requests, train new volunteers, etc. We absolutely depend on our crisis line to keep things running smoothly. If there’s any way that you can adjust things to avoid missing your shift, please do so.

– I can cover a shift that someone emailed the google group about!

You’re a lifesaver! Please copy the whole group on your response to them so that everyone knows the shift was covered.

Greetings,

Selina –

Crisis Line Update- Trivia Question and Childcare Job Opening!

Good morning, 

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! We have a few updates this week. But first, here’s an adorable kitten picture of what we all wish we were still doing on Monday mornings: 

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Caller Inappropriate for Our ServicesThe CI team has officially decided that the repeat caller, D, is inappropriate for our services. If you take a call from him, you may end the call yourself or transfer to CI staff so that we can end the call. For more information about this caller, please review the abusive caller binder or read the small white board on the desk in the Crisis Line office. If you have further questions or concerns about this caller, please don’t hesitate to talk with a CI staff member. 
New List for Sex, Sexuality, and Gender Identity ResourcesWe wanted to make sure that everyone had access to the digital version of this resource as well as the paper copy in the resource binder. We hope this resource makes referrals around these issues a little easier!
Job Opening in ChildcareRise and Shine Childcare at Middle Way House is looking to hire a Childcare Assistant. Childcare assistants help with providing high-quality care for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years and assist with maintaining a safe, clean, facility. Must be available to start immediately with shifts Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:45 am until 1 pm as well as Wednesday afternoons from 12 pm to 3 pm. More hours may become available at the end of the spring semester. 
Interested candidates must be available year-round (including school breaks). Must be able to pass a national background check as well as a drug test. Additional training and requirements to be completed after hiring. Any questions regarding the position can be directed to Marcella at childcare@middlewayhouse.org
Win a Copy of the Book “Queering Sexual Violence”!One of our team members has generously donated an extra copy of the book Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement, edited by Jennifer Patterson, and we’d love to give it away to an interested volunteer!  For those who are interested, please answer the following trivia question, and email it to cisc@middlewayhouse.org by the end of the day, Thursday, 2/14/2019. If you guess the right answer, we will put your name into a raffle to win! The winner will be announced in the next update email and they will be able to pick the book up from the CI office.   
TRIVIA QUESTION: What does the acronym SANE stand for with regard to sexual assault?——————————————————————————————–
Spring 2018 Crisis Line and OSA Schedule– January 7th- May 5thPlease remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once.

Crisis Line Online Resources!We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions. 
Crisis Line Online Resources

CL Resource MaintanenceThis tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
CL Resource Maintenance Sheet

Weekly Reminders

What should you do as soon as you walk into the CL office?

  1.  As soon as you arrive, you should sign in (this is very important – we get funding for every volunteer hour logged, and this is how we know you were actually there!!)
  2. You should also write your name on the marker board directly outside of the CL office! It helps everyone get to know you. Feel free to draw something fun on there too!!
  3. Check the white board for any updates, or important information. 
  4. Make sure you know if anyone is on the pending list, and familiarize with the ‘current resident’ clipboard. 
  5. Read through the past few days of calls in the call log book to catch up on what’s going on!

I’m not coming in for my shift. 

  1. Email mwh-crisisline-l@list.indiana.edu ASAP and ask if someone can take your shift, be sure to include the shift day and time.
  2. If it’s the day of your shift, call shelter and let them know that you won’t be in, AND do #1.
  3. Please consider if there is any way to avoid this conflict, particularly if you don’t have a shift partner. Our services does NOT function in the ideal way if we do not have crisis liners. Staff needs to be available to help residents with their individual needs, assist walk-ins, respond to OSA requests, train new volunteers, etc. We absolutely depend on our crisis line to keep things running smoothly. If there’s any way that you can adjust things to avoid missing your shift, please do so.

-I can cover a shift that someone emailed the google group about!

You’re a lifesaver! Please copy the whole group on your response to them so that everyone knows the shift was covered.
Upcoming Events2019 Latino Sexual Assault ForumIvy Tech Community College (Indianapolis)Thursday, February 21st, 2019
All best,
Stephanie 

CL Update – shoutout + caller protocol

Hello lovely Crisis Liners,

We wish you a happy new year! Thank you to Yael for volunteering all day on Christmas and Meghana for being super helpful during break and of course all the other volunteers who have supported us these past few weeks…we appreciate you so much!

Karate caller protocol
A caller who talks about karate, specifically his views about women who do karate and kickboxing, has been calling very frequently this past week. Because there has been some concern over this caller we have created a protocol (including a script for what to say) that is a green sheet taped to the CL office desk. The CI team has not collectively decided that this caller is abusive, however, we welcome your input on making this decision and we will keep you updated. We would never expect you take a call that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable…please always feel free to transfer to a CI staff member.
Crisis Line/OSA Schedule 
 
Please remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once.
Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
CL Resource Maintanence
This tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
 
Upcoming Events

Kind regards,

Selina

CL Updates – appreciation + reminders

Hello Crisis Liners,

We hope that you’re taking time for yourself and your loved ones during the holiday season. Thank you to Gina, Sandy, and all the other volunteers who have supported us this week…we appreciate you so much!

Dropped call log
We are trying to get to the bottom of the dropped calls that have been happening pretty frequently on the crisis line. Our provider requested us to keep a record of the date and time of when a call dropped (we know there is no way for us to know for sure if someone didn’t just hang up, but we ask you to still note it down). The dropped call log is a piece of paper taped to the desk near the resident roster in the CL office.
Filling out the crisis line spring shift schedule
It is completely understandable that there has been some confusion around filling out the spring schedule. Just a reminder, we ask that crisis line volunteers sign up for at least one consistent shift every semester. Please make sure to put your name on every week of the spring schedule (except for IU’s Spring Break week). The weekly tabs are at the bottom of the spreadsheet. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email.
Winter Break Schedule
The winter break schedule starts this Monday, December 17 and runs through Sunday, January 6. If you have any availability over the next three weeks, we’d love to have you in for a shift or two!
Crisis Line/OSA Schedule 
 
Please remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once.
Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
CL Resource Maintanence
This tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
 
Upcoming Events

Kind regards,

Selina

Crisis Line Updates- Starting of the Winter Break Schedule!

Hi there,

I hope that this week hasn’t been too stressful for those folks who had finals! We just have a few updates this week.
Huge Shout Out!
We always try to recognize when our volunteers go above and beyond (and so many of you do!) Our staff members wanted to make sure that we recognize Sara S. for all of the patient and compassionate work she is doing with survivors (and for taking Saturday morning shifts!!). Thank you so much Sara for all of the hard work you put in as a volunteer!
Filling out the crisis line shift schedule
It is completely understandable that there has been some confusion around filling out the spring schedule. Just a reminder, we ask that crisis line volunteers sign up for at least one consistent shift every semester. Please make sure to put your name on every week of the spring schedule (except for IU’s Spring Break week). The weekly tabs are at the bottom of the spreadsheet. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email.
Winter Break Schedule
The winter break schedule starts this Monday, December 17 and runs through Sunday, January 6. If you have any availability over the next three weeks, we’d love to have you in for a shift or two!
I hope everyone is able to de-stress over the weekend!
Crisis Line/OSA Schedule 
 
Please remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once.
Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
CL Resource Maintanence
This tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
 
Warm regards,
Stephanie

Crisis Line Updates- Holiday Break and Spring Semester Schedules

Happy Friday!

We have a few updates this week, including the shift sign ups for next semester!
In response to all the winter weather this week,
Lost Macbook Charger
There was a Macbook charger left in the crisis line office a few days ago. If it is yours, you can pick it up from the CI office.
Ending Calls with Continuing Callers and Potentially Abusive Callers
We have had a lot of calls lately from continuing callers. Some of these callers can be mistaken as abusive callers due to rough or sexual language. However, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about a call, please transfer the call to an OSA (if there are any in office) or a CI staff member instead of hanging up. We recognize that there is no “right way” to discuss survivorship and we want to keep our services as open and accessible to folks of all experiences as possible. If at any point you feel uncomfortable on a call, it is always okay to transfer it to staff. Thank you for your all of your help in providing this critical advocacy to survivors!
Winter Break Schedule
We are still needing a lot of help during winter break. If you will be available at all, we would love to have you! You can sign up for shifts here.
Spring Semester Schedule
We have officially completed the spring semester schedule and it is ready for sign ups! The spring semester schedule will run from January 7- May 3. You can sign up for your spring shifts here,
PLEASE REMEMBER: If you are a crisis line volunteer or an OSA 2, you must sign up for one consistent shift every week for the entire semester schedule. There is a tab for each week’s schedule at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Thank you all for everything you do and enjoy your break (if you have one)!
Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
CL Resource Maintanence
This tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
 

All best,

Stephanie

CL Updates – Winter break schedule

Hello Crisis Liners,

As finals are coming up, we hope you’re also taking some time to care for yourselves. We appreciate your commitment to volunteering especially during a time that is stressful for many of you.
A huge shout out to our volunteer Hayley M., whose work donated $500 to MWH!
 
Winter Break Schedule 
We have also created the schedule for winter break which will run from December 17 through January 6. If you have availability during IU’s winter break, we could really use your helpThe schedule is found within the normal CL/OSA schedule below, just make sure you click on the correct tab at the bottom.
 
Crisis Line/OSA Schedule 
Please remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once. We can always use all the help we can get. We are especially in need of volunteers on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays.
Fall 2018 Crisis Line and OSA Schedule – August 20th through December 16th
Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
CL Resource Maintanence
This tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
 

Greetings,

Selina

Crisis Line Updates- Getting ready for Thanksgiving and Winter Break

I hope you all have managed to stay bundled up and warm this week! Here are a few updates.
Limestone Post Article 
We wanted to share a wonderful article about tracking the progress of evidentiary exams from the Limestone Post written by our volunteer, Hayley Miller. Thank you so much for your advocacy on this topic, Hayley!
Free Webinars from ICESA
I wanted to share a link to some wonderful, free recordings of webinars from the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA). These webinars are a really great way to get in some continuing education.
Thanksgive Schedule
I wanted to remind everyone that we still have a lot of open shifts for the week of Thanksgiving so if you are available to helpon the crisis line next week, that would be so appreciated.
 
Winter Break and Spring Semester Schedule 
We have also created the schedule for winter break which will run from December 17 through January 6. if you have availability during IU’s winter break, we could really use your help!
We will be sending out the regular shift schedule for spring semester after Thanksgiving.
Crisis Line/OSA Schedule 
 
Please remember: Only two volunteers can sign up for an in-office shift at once.
We can always use all the help we can get. We are especially in need of volunteers on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays. 
Fall 2018 Crisis Line and OSA Schedule– August 20th through December 16th
Crisis Line Online Resources!
We now have a working online folder of Crisis Line resources!! For those of you who prefer to pull things up on a computer when your helping a client, or prefer reading reminders online you can use the link below. 🙂 If you prefer hard copies, and using the binders in the office, don’t worry! This online folder is not meant to replace those resources, it’s just in addition! Let a CI staff member know if you have any questions.
CL Resource Maintanence
This tool is a google sheet that I will include in these emails every week. Please feel free to click on the link and begin adding your requests! Let a CI staff person know if you have any questions about this!!
 

Weekly Reminders – refer to sidebar!

Warm regards,

Stephanie