A crisis can happen anywhere: home, school, or in public. The Crisis Center of Johnson County’s 24/7 mobile crisis program needs a vehicle to help counselors reach individuals who need help, wherever they may be. The Crisis Center’s Appeal for Wheels campaign seeks to raise $10,000 for a mobile crisis vehicle in a matching campaign with Deery Brothers Ford-Lincoln. We hope to reach this goal by Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29), a charitable giving holiday following the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
“In the case of something like suicide, we know just from research that usually it’s about a 24-hour period of risk,” Mobile Crisis Outreach Coordinator Timothy Kelly said. “If you’re talking about an appointment a couple of days later versus people willing to come out and speak with you right away, that really can make a big difference.”
People experiencing thoughts of suicide might typically call 9-1-1 and go to the emergency room. Instead, The Crisis Center sends counselors to assess the situation and determine whether hospitalization is necessary. Currently, the Crisis Center’s counselors use their own vehicles to meet with those in crisis. Many clients are unable to pay for services or have limited access to transportation. Mobile crisis eliminates these barriers because it is free and the counselors come to them.
When a client needs a crisis bed for a safe overnight stay, the Crisis Center must use taxi services to transport people there. Timothy Kelly, the Crisis Center’s mobile crisis outreach coordinator says there are many situations where this is not the best option.
“For one thing, the person is in a crisis and you’re introducing a stranger into that situation,” said Kelly. “With a crisis vehicle, the counselors have many new options to assist those in crisis. Sometimes being able to assist somebody with something like picking up some groceries, picking up a prescription, or transporting them to a friend’s house — if that ends up being an appropriate place — would make all the difference.”
We have raised about $1,800 of our $10,000 goal. Help us out by donating today: