Holiday Helpline Looking for Volunteers This Holiday Season

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For those interested in volunteering, you can call the peace office at 477-9079/9083. For any updates be sure to check peaceguam.org or the Facebook page ‘focus on life Guam.’

Guam – The holidays are usually a time for love and joy, but there are people who still need help. Well, the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center’s annual holiday helpline is there to lend an ear to people who need help this holiday season.

 

The Guam Behavioral and Wellness Center is actively recruiting volunteers to help with this year’s holiday helpline. The annual helpline service is a collaborative public service between the Guam Behavioral, public and private companies and community volunteers. According to Sara Harrell, Guam Behavioral Health program coordinator, the helpline provides verbal assistance to those in need. Volunteers will go through workshops and training to ensure that each volunteer is more than ready to lend a caring voice. But they won’t be alone; Harrell says the helpline is also a referral service where trained professionals will be side by side with volunteers to assist in any situation.

 

“Since we are in the holiday season, I wanted to put out a reminder to our community that, I know it’s a season for joy and family getting together, but there are some people in our community, who [are] going through loss, going through pain. We want to remind everybody that if you feel like you need help, reach out to your family members to your husband to your kids to you friends, your co-workers. But if you don’t know whom else to talk to, there’s also the holiday crisis helpline. Sometimes its an uplifting feeling just to say it loud to be able to talk to somebody about your feelings and your thoughts,” said Harrell

 

Jean Quitugua, a long time volunteer with the holiday crisis helpline explains the gratification volunteers con get from helping people in need.

 

“The feeling that you just come away from making a person feel good and stop a person from dong something that might be hurtful to themselves. When you leave the office and go home, on your way home, you cannot help but feel that joy, that gratification, that personal gratification,” said Quitugua.

 

For those interested in volunteering, you can call the peace office at 477-9079/9083. For any updates be sure to check peaceguam.org or the Facebook page ‘focus on life Guam.’