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Page 18-Friday, April 3, 1981-The Michigan Daily

Women's crisis
center in
fiscal limbo

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PERFECT FRERIPTION

Kentucky explosion
A Kentucky State Police trooper checks through the rubble of a blast that
killed at least two people yesterday. The blast destroyed a building and
heavily damaged several other buildings and cars in Newport, Ky. Accor-
ding to Newport fire chief Ralph Quitter, the explosion was caused by
fireworks illegally being manufactured in the building.

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cially on a day-to-day basis. "We've
always been grass-roots, we've always
grappled to get our funds together,"
Brown said.
SINCE THE ANN ARBOR com-
munity has been very supportive, mon-
thly fund raisers such as dinner parties
and bucket drives - combined with
about 30 volunteers, many of them
students, who "just work their tails off,
basically" - have proven sufficient to
keep the organization financially
afloat.
Earlier this year, volunteers for the
WCC surfaced.around town and collec-
ted $3712 in two days of fund-raising to
keep the organization running.
According to Joanne Jaffin, a WCC
volunteer, "the funds were used for
everything; phone, rent, utility bills,
and mailings, as well as keeping the
referral system up-to-date. We are a
self-supporting organization. Without
outside funds, we would not be able to
exist."
THE WCC IS THE most general and
diverse of all the community women's
services, Brown said. It offers
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sat & sun :9am- 8 pm
mon & fri : 12:30- 7 pm
tues - thurs : closed
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sat & sun : 10 am-7 pm
mon - fri : closed

primarily an extensive, computerized
referral system. When the WCC
receives calls requesting such things as
legal aid, therapy, or financial support,
the caller is immediately informed of
the options available to her.
All the non-profit community
organizations work together through a
cross-reference system, which is made
possible by the constantly up-dated
referral logs, according to Brown.
Although the volunteers are not
certified therapists, they are exten-
sively trained in crisis intervention
techniques, employing peer counseling
based on an "empathy model," Jaffin
said.
When a woman calls the center with a
crisis,'a volunteer begins by helping the
caller recognize and understand her
feelings. The volunteer will empathize
with the caller, letting her know
someone cares, calming her down, and
then giving her practical advice, Jaffin
said. Brown said, "We try to help her
scope in and focus. It works like a
dream."
The center's services extend beyond
crisis therapy, however. The center
also runs assorted weekly workshops to
help women cope with problems
ranging from incest, problem pregnan-
cy, wife- and child-beating, and divorce
or separation procedures, to job hun-
ting, compulsive over-eating and low
self-esteem.

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