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Tempe’s crisis response team lauded nationally by quotes
December 11, 2006, 6:28 pm
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Tempe’s crisis response team lauded nationally

 

Award comes as CARE 7 celebrates 10 years in 2006

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the last decade, a dedicated group of staff and
volunteers responds whenever tragedy strikes in Tempe, comforting
victims and families in the aftermath of incidents like sexual assault,
homicide, robbery, suicide, drowning, domestic violence and fire.
Selflessly, they respond – sometimes in the middle of the night – and
never seek praise or recognition. Despite their modesty, accolades keep
coming.

 

The National League of Cities (NLC) awarded the City of Tempe’s Crisis
Response Team – known as CARE 7 – with the Silver Award in the 2006
Awards for Municipal Excellence. The award was announced at the National
League of Cities’ Congress of Cities and Exposition in Reno, Nevada, on
Dec. 8. The honor is one of several the program has received in its
10-year history, including being named a finalist in 2002 for Harvard
University’s Innovations in American Government Award.

 

CARE 7, a team of 25 professionally trained staff and volunteers,
provides around-the-clock crisis intervention services in Tempe. The
CARE 7 team gives emotional and practical support to the family or
person in crisis, enabling police and firefighters to handle law
enforcement, medical or fire emergency needs. The program’s name stands
for Crisis Assistance Response Effort. The numeral “7” is the Phoenix
Emergency Dispatch geographic locator for Tempe. 

 

Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said he is proud of the sensitivity and
practical assistance CARE 7 provides at a moment’s notice.

 

“Our most vulnerable residents, from children to the elderly, are
provided the highest quality intervention and grief support during the
worst of emergencies, often during the most traumatic incident of the
victim’s life,” he said.

 

CARE 7 recruits new volunteers twice a year and trainees go through a
rigorous, 30-hour Crisis Intervention Training Program at a cost of $45.
Volunteers commit to two shifts (four or six hours) per month for one
year, and they attend a monthly meeting to discuss their work and
continue their education. All volunteers must be at least 21, able to
climb stairs and lift small children. For more information about CARE 7,
please call 480-350-8032 or e-mail care7@tempe.gov.

 

Interview opportunities are available with CARE 7 volunteers. To inquire
about possibilities, please call Judy Tapscott at 480-350-5432.

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