Ondrea Moffatt has been an Advocate on our Hospital Emergency Advocate Response Team (HEARTeam) since December, and in that short time has donated over 400 hours during her shifts. Being a HEARTeam Advocate requires Advocate Training, On-the-Job training, and at least two shifts per month. Ondrea has taken 7-10 shifts every month since she has finished her training, in addition to being an important part of the San Marcos Town Team.
“I first became involved with the Town Team through Gary Job Corps, and became passionate about planning the Mock Trial with students from Gary and San Marcos High School. I heard about other needs at the Center in our meetings, like the HEARTeam, and knew I was interested immediately. As soon as I could find the time to do Advocate Training, I did it.”
Through training Advocates gain the knowledge needed to work with victims of abuse in crisis situations. “In training I learned the importance of empowering survivors without pushing your agenda on them, and that holding the space and not saying anything can mean everything to someone.” To learn more about becoming an Advocate for local victims of abuse, read direct services here; the summer session begins May 23rd!