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Crisis center offers advocate training

No group of people, no individual, is immune to the devastation that sexual assault or domestic violence can leave in its wake. People should never have to go through such violent, life-changing experiences alone.

Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services help is available to victims of such crimes, via crisis intervention and advocacy. But in order to help the victims, caring committed volunteer advocates are needed, said Sheila Waggoner, a counselor at the Sunnyside-based center.

"We're currently taking applications from individuals wishing to become a part of the center's mission to provide free of cost aid to victims and their non-offending family members," she explained.

The Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services area of service extends from Union Gap to Prosser.

Interested individuals will receive state required training at no charge to the volunteer. When the training is completed, new advocates will be paired with an experienced volunteer to gain actual case experience, Waggoner explained.

An advocate training session is planned in mid-March, she said.

For additional information call Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services at 837-6689.

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