Jen Lindsey is Southwest Crisis Center’s new Rock County advocate. She will work full time at the Luverne office’s new location on West Main Street in the American Family Insurance building.

Southwest Crisis Center hires full-time advocate in-house at Luverne office

A familiar face recently became the full-time Rock County advocate in Southwest Crisis Center’s Luverne office.

Jen (Lass) Lindsey began in the new position early February, moving from answering the center’s crisis line to the office advocate position.

Lindsey, a 2002 Luverne High School graduate, brings the Luverne office to full staff. Hers was one of the last open positions filled within the Crisis Center’s five-county service area.

The organization currently employs 19, more than tripling the staff of four years ago when Sara Wahl began as director.

“It feels good,” Wahl said. “We have come through a transition — a lot of growth.”

Through additional grant funding and an expanded service focus, the Crisis Center now provides a holistic approach to persons of all ages in coping with abusive relationships or situations. The center has also expanded its hours, with Luverne being supported by a rotating staff on a weekly basis.

Lindsey works full time in the Luverne office.

She and her husband, Michael, live in Hardwick and have two young children.

Her college business degree has allowed her to choose from a wide variety of careers. She said she has found working for the Crisis Center to be the most fulfilling.

“I like the one-on-one, direct contact with clients … hear their stories and help in the progress toward a more positive place,” she said.

Last year the Luverne office assisted 73 people, representing one person, sometimes two, who reached out for assistance on a weekly basis.

As the full-time advocate, Lindsey will be the first person to meet clients when they contact the office.

“I do a lot of listening,” she said. “Then give them options and support them.”

As she settles into her new position, Lindsey said she is looking forward to starting and leading a support/empowerment group as one of her long-range plans.

She said she would organize activities and guest speakers as part of her duties.

The support would be offered at the center’s new office located within the American Family Insurance building on West Main Street in Luverne. To contact the office, phone 283-9917.

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