Our February 2016 STAND!ing Ovation goes to Crisis Line volunteer Kaela Cooke. Kaela began volunteering at the Rollie Mullen Center (RMC) soon after completing her 40-Hour Domestic Violence Counselor training. Even before she was certified to start working on the Crisis Line, Kaela stepped up and found ways to help where she could, primarily by picking up a weekly donation from Starbucks.
Since becoming a certified Crisis Line volunteer, Kaela has shown an inspiring amount of dedication and enthusiasm for her role. She works extra hours almost every day of the week and often volunteers for full 8-hour shifts.
“Kaela is someone who has really shown her passion for the work and commitment to STAND! and the RMC team,” says Ashely Palomino, Domestic Violence Caseworker. “She is very reliable, responsible and has learned so much so quickly; it’s as if she’s been a part of our team for a long while.”
Calls come in constantly on the Crisis Line, so stepping away for even a bathroom break could mean missing the opportunity to help someone in crisis. Like the other volunteers at RMC, Kaela’s work has been invaluable to STAND! staff. They are able to rely on her to cover the lines when they have to focus on other RMC tasks, or just need to step away for a hard earned break. Her support also allows staff members to spend more time working with shelter clients, helping them rebuild their lives and heal from trauma.
Thank you, Kaela, for generously donating your time and energy to help STAND! save lives, rebuild families and change the future.