Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Crisis Hotline calls spike in 2010

Organization to hold fundraiser at Cornerstone Bar

Express Staff Writer

Supporting the Crisis Hotline makes a difference in the lives of those in need of help. Tonight, Dec. 22, at the Cornerstone Bar & Grill in Ketchum, the Crisis Hotline will hold an "It Is a Wonderful Life" charity event with the Wood River Valley's world-champion mountain bike racer Rebecca Rusch and resident Adam West, otherwise known as Batman. West and Rusch will be guest bartenders and will sign autographs.

The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. and will also feature an extensive live auction at 6 p.m. with donated items worth a total of $7,000. Auction items include a resort package, auto care packages, wellness packages, ski packages and beauty packages.

The Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week service. It provides crisis intervention support and a caring ear to those who may be experiencing a crisis of any kind. According to Executive Director Sher Foster, calls to the Crisis Hotline have tripled in the Wood River Valley this year due to the economic crisis. She said people are experiencing desperation and despair.

"Our help can provide a hundred-percent change in a life because we can help with resources," Foster said. "We have 400 referral sources that are local, statewide and national referral sources for help in any kind of crisis, large or small."

Foster said the event will include handout cards with information about the Crisis Hotline and facts about the service.

"We often get feedback from people who call us to thank us," she said. "If a call is serious, our volunteers will check back with the caller to make sure they received the help they need."

Foster said the service enables people in crisis to take positive steps forward.

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