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Volunteers sought to advocate for vulnerable adults

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Special Advocates for Elderly of Douglas County is looking for volunteers to advocate for vulnerable adults involved in the local court system.

When adults do not have a voice of their own, SAFE can act as that voice. SAFE volunteers are men and women who want to help our community’s most vulnerable adults. Volunteers take time to learn about the person, their family, their situation and then make a recommendation to the Judge about what is best for their future.

Currently, SAFE advocates are assisting 28 adults who were at risk, or currently at risk for abuse or neglect. SAFE believes that all adults have a right to live with dignity and respect. SAFE’s goal is to ensure each adults’ best interests are taken into consideration when deciding housing options, medical care, and general comforts of life.

If you are over the age of 21, care about people and have some time to commit to volunteering, contact Leanne Wagoner today at 782-6247. The next volunteer training will take place in January 2017. Each volunteer must complete a 20-hour training and pass a background check.

You can learn more about SAFE by going to Douglas County’s website at https://douglasdistrictcourt.com and clicking on Court Advocacy Programs, or by calling Leanne Wagoner, the Manager of Court Advocacy at 775-782-6247. Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”