Our Crisis Lines – Connection To Life

A safe haven.

That’s what I felt when I walked through our crisis line center this week. On each phone were trained volunteers deep in conversation. Connecting on an extremely personal level to a hurting person on the other end of the line.

When someone decides to call our crisis line, they are immediately in touch with a person specifically trained to listen, and not to judge. A compassionate individual there at the caller’s most vulnerable moment.

As I walked through that room every volunteer was on the phone and completely focused on their conversation. It made me think of another other expression:

A sacred trust.

That’s really what it is, a deeply personal relationship built on trust, honesty, acceptance and confidentiality.

It’s the whole reason for everything we do here at Oregon Partnership.

– Tom


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