Midland County Crisis Intervention Unit Sees Increase in Cases, Seeks Volunteers

Midland County Crisis Intervention Unit Sees Increase in Cases, Seeks Volunteers

So far this year volunteers for the CIU have been called to over 1,200 cases, more than all of 2013.
MIDLAND, TX, (Local Big 2 News) - The Midland County Crisis Intervention Unit is in need of your help. So far this year, volunteers have been called to over 1,200 cases, more than all of 2013.

"The experience of being able to help others and being around a great group of people has just been fantastic," said Crisis Intervention Unit volunteer Tonya Loftis. "Mainly we're there to help vicitms, when there's a catastrophe or something bad happens most of us aren't prepared for what comes next, what to do, who to call, what's going to happen."

Loftis said there's one case she remembers vividly.

"It was a very unexpected death, a father passed away, the son was off in the military, and we were able to cut through the red tape with the red cross, and work with them, to make sure he could get home to be with his family. So it was a pretty neat deal," she explained.

The Crisis Intervention Unit teams up with many other groups, to get whatever help a victim might need.

"We offer lots and lots of services, that most normal people who haven't been through the training don't know how to get, or even know exist," described Loftis.

Loftis works full time as a chiropractor, and CIU Director Gabriela Williams wishes more people would follow her lead.

"With her own business, and having children you know being real active with her church, she still makes time to volunteer," said Williams, speaking about Loftis. "With the population increase, it takes away from actually volunteering because you're going to want that money instead," she added.

In June alone volunteers called to 161 cases, averaging out at more than 5 per day, creating a need for more volunteers.

"Giving a little bit of time to show that you care for your neighbors, your community, just by volunteering is also important," Williams said.

If you want to get involved, you can call the Midland County Sheriff's Office at 432-688- 4635. Training sessions begin Tuesday September 16th, with volunteer applications due September 4th.
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