The Swinerton Foundation Annual Report - page 4

COLORADO
HEROES IN ACTION
Victims of crime and trauma are often left feeling powerless
and alone. The aftermath is not limited to the physical
scars—the emotional scars that form can take months, even
years, to heal. In Jefferson County, Colorado, there is a
non-profit organization dedicated to assisting those who
have been victimized. Victim Outreach Incorporated (VOI)
was formed to promote the healing of people impacted by
all manner of crime and trauma.
The organization provides crisis intervention, information
about victims’ rights, support in navigating the criminal
justice system, and referrals to help clients deal with the
resulting trauma and life changes they experience as a result
of their victimization. It’s a mission that R.A. Hazen has been
a proud supporter of, volunteering an average of 100 hours
per month as a Victim Advocate. R.A. and her volunteer
peers take on-call shifts of either 15 hours overnight or 24
hours on the weekends to relieve the full-time staff advocates.
Callers range from victims of domestic violence and sexual
assault to victims of trauma related to suicides, car accidents,
and building fires. A call-out can last 1–8 hours, and back-
to-back call-outs can keep volunteer advocates out all night,
so volunteers must be available and willing to go no matter
what time, what weather, what duration, or what kind of call
it is.
The Swinerton
F o u n d a t i o n
P a r t n e r i n g w i t h
22
Universities
Nationwide
C o n t r i b u t i o n s
$535
Hundred
Thousand
S u p p o r t i n g
113
Non-profit
Organizations
2 0 1 6 S TAT S
C o n t r i b u t e d
$2K
CABPES
D o n a t e d o v e r
$1K
Pets for
Vets
D o n a t e d o v e r
$4K
Denver Public
Schools Foundation
T O P DONAT I ON S
The organization provides
crisis intervention, information about victims’ rights, support
in navi t ng the criminal justice system, and re e rals to help
clients deal with t e resulting trauma nd life changes they
experience as result of their victimization.
It’s a mission th R.A. H zen has been a proud supporter of,
volunteering an average of 100 hours p r month as a Victim
Advocate. R.A. and her volunte r peers take on-call shifts
of ither 15 hours overnight or 24 hours on the weekends
to relieve t full-time taff advocates. Callers r nge fr m
victim of domestic olence and s xual assault to victims of
trauma related to suicides, car accidents, and building fires.
R.A is enormously proud f he work that s e does on behalf
f Vi tim Outrea h. Th organization, in turn, has prov ded
R.A. with a new perspective—where she can leave the wo k
behind at the offic nd focus her t ention on helpi g those
n need.
“VOI works with people on what might be the worst day
of their life, and while I cannot claim to make a difference
on every call, I do believe that simply showing up is the
critical first step that lets people who have been the victim
of something terrible know that they are not alone.”
–R.A. Hazen
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