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Crisis line volunteers needed, training provided

North Shore Horizons is offering a 40-hour crisis line advocate training for those interested in providing support and information to domestic and sexual violence victims. The training is free and begins later this month.

“It’s a life-changing experience,” said one North Shore Horizons volunteer.

“You never know when someone might need emergency help,” added NSH executive director, Tara Golden. “With generous volunteers who are willing to answer the crisis line, we are able to offer services 24-hours a day, every day of the year in Lake County.”

In addition to answering calls, crisis line advocates may accompany survivors to hospital exams and law enforcement interviews, arrange for emergency services for those in need of safe shelter and help survivors develop safety plans.

Requirements of a volunteer crisis line advocate include:

Completion of the 40- hour training facilitated by North Shore Horizons.

Completion of a background check, conducted by North Shore Horizons at no charge to volunteers.

Attendance at mandatory continued training meetings.

Volunteering a minimum of two days per month.

Participation in volunteer’s choice of continuing education opportunities.

If you would like more information or would like a volunteer application, please call 834-5924 or email The training is sponsored by the Minnesota Office of Justice.