The following is a press release from CONTACT We Care:
November is National Caregivers’ Month and CONTACT We Care of Westfield salutes the 65 million family caregivers across the United States. CONTACT recognizes that caring full-time for a loved one with special needs is a selfless act of kindness and humanity—and one that can take a personal toll. At CONTACT, The Caring and Crisis Hotline, we know a little something about caring for people so we can be a valuable resource to caregivers who could use a little care themselves! Call CONTACT at 908-232-2880 or 1-800-273-TALK to reach a listener who understands. Or text ‘CWC’ to 839863, Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 4 and 10 PM.
CONTACT We Care was founded in Scotch Plains in 1975 and has operated in Union County ever since. It is an all-purpose listening service and crisis line serving northern New Jersey. Since 2005 it has been a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a national coalition of crisis centers answering calls to two toll-free national numbers, 1-800-273-TALK and 1-800-SUICIDE. In addition to the NSPL, it is affiliated with CONTACT USA and the American Association of Suicidology.
CONTACT operates with a volunteer corps of more than 80 individuals from all walks of life. Volunteers go through extensive training in active listening skills and call management before going on the lines to answer crisis calls.