Our May 2016 STAND!ing Ovation goes to Wendy Raphel, who has volunteered as a Crisis Line Advocate at the Rollie Mullen Center (RMC) since January 2011. Wendy’s commitment to STAND! shines through her willingness to support RMC in all capacities possible. She is quick to jump at the opportunity to provide coverage when the Crisis Line is short-staffed or offer supportive services to residents through peer counseling. RMC staff can always rely on Wendy to coordinate necessary care or provide emergency transportation for victims who have fled their abusers or need to seek medical treatment. Simply put, there is no task that is too large or too small for Wendy.
Wendy has remained diligent in her attendance to all the Intervention Department trainings in true dedication to honing her skills as a domestic violence advocate. She takes it upon herself to get up-to-date with program developments at STAND!, including the Lethality Assessment Program, the Language Access Plan and integrating non-discriminatory services. In these ways and more, Wendy takes initiative to continue to grow in her capacity as an advocate in the movement to end family violence.
STAND! is honored to recognize Wendy for the simple reason that there is never a single moment, whether on or off shift at RMC, that she does not display a genuine fervor for the work of serving victims of domestic violence. She responds with a second’s notice to emailed inquires for coverage, attends STAND! trainings and willingly takes on any task to help staff and the clients in any way needed. She is an inspiration to us all and her energy and positive spirit has been a joy to have at STAND!