Newsletter

Welcome to the CIS website! We are proud to offer this newest way to learn about Crisis Intervention Services and all that we do for victims of crime and the community! And don't forget, you can always donate via Pay Pal on this website! Just click "Donate" on our Home Page or mail donations to: CIS @ P.O. Box 1324, Cody, Wyoming 82414

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dates for CIS events are posted on these website community event calendars:
Big Horn Radio Network website: www.mybighornbasin.com
Cody Country Chamber of Commerce website: www.codychamber.org

 

Annual Holiday Craft Fair

  • Cody Auditorium (Corner of Beck Avenue and 13th Street)
  • 8am to 4pm
  • Held in November each year, the Saturday before Thanksgiving
  • Craft Fair table registration forms are e-mailed in late July each year and tables are rented on a first come, first serve basis. Call the CIS Cody office at 587-3545 to be put on our mailing list.
  • Crafts must be home made (not a commercial product)

Annual Golf Tournament

  • Be watching for flyers placed at Olive Glenn Country Club and Golf Course in Cody to sign up for this fun annual event!

Summer Yard Sales in Powell

  • Look for Yard Sale dates posted in the Powell Tribune to take advantage of great bargains on clothing, furniture, household items, toys and more!
  • Yard Sales are held at the CIS Powell Office located at 335 N. Gilbert Street

 

CIS Donation Wish List

CIS is often asked what our on-going needs are. In response, we have come up with a comprehensive list that covers most of our regular, on-going needs for clients, shelters and offices. These are:

Cleaning Supplies (Clorox wipes, dish and dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, floor cleaners, Lysol spray window cleaners, tall kitchen bags, lawn/leaf bags)

Paper products (Toilet paper, paper towels, tissue)

Dry goods (Rice, pasta, cereal, packaged "Helper" meals)

Canned goods (peanut butter, tuna, chicken, fruit, vegetables, stews, pasta dinners)

Office supplies (copy paper – letter and legal size, pens, markers, dry erase markers, staples, highlighter pens, stamps, colored letter size paper for our brochures – any colors)

Gift Cards (Increments of $20, $25: In Cody, CIS needs gift cards from Wal-Mart, Albertsons or K-Mart. In Powell, CIS needs gift cards from Mr. D's Food Centers, Blair's Market or Shop-Ko) – These are used by staff and/or volunteers for emergency purchases of perishable supplies for Shelter clients for milk, butter, eggs, diapers, formula, baby food etc.)

NEW sweat suits, flip-flops, canvas tennis shoes (all sizes are needed for victims of sexual assault and other crimes, whose clothing is taken for evidence and sent to the Department of Criminal Investigation for DNA testing).

 

 

 

 

Here are some CIS FAQs:

How do victims find and access CIS services? CIS Offices are located in both Cody and Powell and are open, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. However, due to staffing and budgeting shortages, both of these locations are closed approximately 30% each week or 2.5 hours per day. However, there is always someone "on call" on when staff members are not in CIS offices. At those times we are generally in court, with law enforcement, at a local emergency room, doing community presentations, in meetings or working with clients at legal, medical or social service appointments and/or helping to locate housing or jobs. CIS cannot afford to pay overtime and therefore must require staff to take flex time to compensate for hours worked outside of normal office hours. The combination of flex time, paid time off and hours spent working with and for clients outside of the office, leads to the "closed" sign being posted 30% of any given week in both Cody and Powell.

CIS offices and 24 hour crisis line are listed in all area phone books, white and yellow pages and in the "Resource Directory" printed by the Park County Health Coalition. Additionally, all Park County law enforcement officers carry cards that list the Wyoming Victim Bill of Rights in addition to all contact information for CIS and other emergency, health and social service providers.

The 24-hour crisis line is toll-free and staffed by volunteers and regular-paid staff. CIS maintains 2 separate on-call schedules for Park County: (1) for the Cody area and (1) for the Powell area. Callers receive empathy and peer counseling support for their crisis as well as a chance to discuss their options and receive information and referral. When a victim calls the office, either a staff member answers or, if unanswered, the caller gets the answering machine which instructs the victim to call the toll-free crisis line. When a victim calls the crisis line, either a staff member answers or, if unanswered within 4 rings at the CIS office, the call is automatically forwarded to an Answering Service. The Answering Service operator determines where in Park County the victim is calling from and then can patch the call through to the CIS advocate on-call in either Cody or Powell.

24-hour crisis intervention is also provided by volunteers and staff. Advocates meet face to face with victims at CIS offices, shelters, area hospitals and law enforcement centers. Additionally, these advocates provide crisis intervention at the scene of the crime when accompanied by law enforcement.

How does law enforcement contact the CIS crisis line? Cody and Powell Police Departments and both area hospital emergency rooms get the on-call schedule appropriate to their city. The Park County Sherriff's Department receives both the Cody and Powell on-call schedule and can determine which advocate to contact directly, based on the location of the incident. The addition of 2 crisis line schedules has greatly reduced the response time of CIS advocates to crime victims.

How are volunteers for the crisis line recruited? Crisis Line Volunteers are recruited annually from throughout Park County and initial 40 hour volunteer training rotates between the Cody and Powell offices of CIS. CIS strives to maintain a balance of volunteers from all areas of Park County. Additionally, volunteers are regularly debriefed on the crisis calls they received in addition to on-going training. To sign up for the next Advocate Training classes, contact the CIS Cody office at 587-3545 to register. Volunteers must be able to pass a back ground check, have their own phone and a vehicle with current liability insurance as well as be able to pass a DMV check.

What other types of volunteer opportunities are available at CIS? Fund raising volunteers are recruited from the community, family and friends as well as local groups and churches. They provide a variety of duties for our annual golf tournament, craft fair and various other events such as bake sales, raffles, yard sales etc. Most fund raising volunteers come back year after year to help with all of our annual events. The CIS 7 member board of directors have a recruiting policy in place and usually consists of 1 Powell resident and 6 Cody residents. Retention of board members is outlined in the CIS organizational By Laws. Most members fulfill 3 consecutive 2-year terms and complete a full 6 years of service.

Other types of volunteer service can include; lawn care, indoor/outdoor painting, facilities maintenance and help with heavy lifting of appliances, furniture and equipment at CIS offices or for relocation assistance for CIS clients. All volunteers who come into contact with CIS clients must agree to and sign the CIS Confidentiality Policy.

Does CIS have non-discriminatory policies in place? CIS does not discriminate for access to services on the basis of race/ethnicity, language, sex, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, social class, economic status, education, marital status, religious affiliation, residency or HIV status. CIS policies and procedures complies with all applicable nondiscrimination requirements of the Victims of Crime Act; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; The Age Discrimination Act of 1975; The Department of Justice Nondiscrimination Regulations 28C.F.R. Part 42, Subparts C, D, E and G, Subtitle A; and Title II of the American Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Migrant Health Office located in Powell, Wyoming reports that Park County annually has approximately 300 to 400 Hispanic migrant workers in Park County. To address victimizations of persons with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), CIS has a Spanish-speaking volunteer to provide translation services to Migrant Farm Worker victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking county-wide. Additionally clients with Limited English Proficient (LEP) are provided with meaningful access to all CIS services, which could include a combination of oral interpretation and/or written translation of vital documents.

(Services offered to persons with disabilities/special needs) CIS advocates will make every effort to make sure those persons with disabilities and special needs have access to all services offered by CIS. The CIS office, shelter and supervised visitation/exchange facilities in Powell are ADA compliant and equipped with security systems that include both audible and visual alarms. A committee of volunteer persons with disabilities meets as needed to tour the Powell CIS facility to gather suggestions for accessibility improvements. Additionally, the CIS board of directors holds an annual planning retreat and reviews its Disability Self-Assessment plan to assure that the goals of this plan are being met in a timely manner.

(Services offered to LGBTQ community) Persons indentifying as a member of the LGBTQ community will continue to be provided the same access to services as persons who identify as heterosexual. Additional confidentiality precautions are required of advocates as victims are placed in shelter. Examples include such things as requiring advocates to refer to all perpetrators of all clients in a generic manner, such as "partner" or simply by name, rather than by relationship, such as "husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend". CIS shelters and transitional housing are on a 'first come, first serve' basis to avoid mixing populations of gender identification, and dual diagnosis, such as mental illness and substance abuse.