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LACASA On-Call Team Earns Recognition

Above Beyond LACASA Awarded

APRIL, 2014   LACASA Center recently was honored by the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office for defending crime victims’ rights. The annual awards ceremony is held every April as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The Prosecutor’s Office recognized LACASA’s On-Call Response Team with the Above and Beyond Award. The LACASA Team provides around-the-clock aid to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said the LACASA volunteers are “dedicated” and work tirelessly to help the community’s most vulnerable victims.

LACASA’s On-Call Response Team is comprised of specially-trained volunteers who are on-call 24-hours a day, 365 days a week. Police notify LACASA when a victim is in need of immediate assistance. Teams are assigned to meet with the victim and provide support and critical resources.

Chelsea Finke, LACASA’s on-call response team coordinator, said she is proud to be part of directing this inspiring team. In 2013, the group of LACASA volunteers, which averages 15-25 members per year, responded to 310 abuse cases.

President and CEO of LACASA, Bobette Schrandt, said, “Our volunteers are amazing. They commit to hours of standarized training in addition to hours of specialized training. They truly go ‘above and beyond’ and each of them deserve this respected award.”

LACASA’s On-Call program is unique and could not be provided without volunteer manpower, said Schrandt. “These are residents of Livingston County who dedicate their time in the evenings, weekends and on holidays to help victims in crisis,” said Schrandt. “They ensure that victims receive the help and assistance they need at the exact time they need it.”

The Prosecutor’s Office local recognition program is held in conjunction with National Crime Victims Week. This year’s theme is “30 Years Restoring the Balance of Justice.”

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