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August 14, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every year, thousands of soldiers from around the world call a New Jersey peer hotline looking for help. They have financial or marital problems. Some are suicidal. The line is always answered - seven days a week, 24 hours a day - by a veteran trained to handle a minor issue or a potential life-threatening crisis. The Vets4Warriors program, founded at Rutgers University in 2011, has been touted as a national model of connecting veterans and family members in need with a trusting voice on the other end of the line.
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February 14, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she first walked through the maze of cubicles at the National Veterans Crisis Line in the winter of 2012, Ellen Goosenberg Kent thought she knew what to expect. Goosenberg Kent grew up in Philadelphia during the Vietnam era, the daughter of a Marine who had served in World War II. An Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, she had already made two films about soldiers coping with broken bodies and spirits after returning home from war. This latest project, however, exploring the inner workings of the nation's suicide help line for veterans, surprised her and the film's producer, Dana Perry.
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January 8, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS ALL about love. And Tony Neri had an abundance of it. What else could have driven him out of his warm house on a bitter-cold New Year's Eve to check on the broken furnace of a desperate elderly woman in Southwest Philadelphia? Tony was in the basement of the home, working on the furnace, doing what he felt destined to do with his life - helping people in need - when he collapsed. He was rushed to Lankenau Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of a ruptured aorta.
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January 8, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the wake of two student suicides in four days, the Burlington Township School District brought counselors into the high school Tuesday to assist students with their grieving and guard against further loss. School administrators gathered all staff and high school students Tuesday "to talk . . . and come together," according to Liz Scott, the district's spokeswoman. "Counseling was offered throughout the day in safe zones" around the building, she said. Children in lower grades who sought assistance also received counseling.
NEWS
October 7, 2014
ISSUE | VIP LINE Expand 311 Philly The findings from our report on overtime costs focused on whether proper oversight and approvals were met for the additional costs the city had incurred ("Wrong number," Oct. 1). The report did not criticize the work provided by any of the employees, and, in most cases, the departments provided justification for the overtime. However, we did bring to light the administration's approval of a City Hall hotline that is operated 24/7 to handle problems and issues that occur within the city, which also allows special access to individuals.
NEWS
July 26, 2014 | By Jason Grant, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pick up that cellphone and make a call. Tell how being arrested for a small bit of marijuana in Philadelphia has changed your life. That's the latest request from City Councilman James Kenney as he continues to pound on Mayor Nutter to sign into law a measure that would make possessing a small amount of pot punishable by only a $25 fine, with no arrest. Since Tuesday, Kenney's staff has been handing out fliers promoting the at-large councilman's new marijuana-arrest hotline, which encourages callers to leave a detailed message and, "if possible, please include information about the loss of job opportunities or schooling opportunities.
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January 23, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the weekend, they put up posters in Audubon, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, and Mount Ephraim. And on Monday, they were busy in Oaklyn, Haddon Township, Bellmawr, and Runnemede. Pastor Randy Van Osten and members of his youth group at Oaklyn Baptist Church have joined scores of volunteers across the state who have placed tens of thousands of signs in businesses over the last two weeks to alert the public to human trafficking. Now, their work is bearing fruit. Tips have poured into the help hotline - 855-END-NJ-HT - as state law enforcement officials prepare for the expected trafficking increase ahead of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands.
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August 25, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Work for Sarah Janicki has been busy. And that is bad. Janicki handles client services for Women Against Abuse, and in the last year, the Philadelphia nonprofit has had a disturbing rise in the number of requests - and denials - for emergency housing. In 2012, the group had to turn down 8,400 requests for shelter from callers to its hotline. Though that included some people who made multiple calls over several days, it was up from 1,700 denials in 2007, she said. As the need for services and housing rises, Women Against Abuse is going through "a huge period of growth," Janicki said.
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May 11, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suicide hotline for New Jersey has received about 300 calls since it was launched May 1, state officials said Thursday. The service - NJHOPELINE, or 855-654-6735 - was created after New Jersey's suicide rate for people 35 to 64 increased 31 percent from 1999 to 2010, officials reported. While the increase is cause for concern, New Jersey still has the second-lowest suicide rate in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The hotline is operated by University Behavioral HealthCare at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, using only New Jersey-based trained volunteer and professional counselors.
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March 28, 2013 | By Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea - Raising tensions with South Korea yet again, North Korea cut its last military hotline with Seoul on Wednesday, saying there was no need to continue military communications between the countries in a situation "where a war may break out at any moment. " The hotline - a dedicated phone link between the two militaries - was used mainly to arrange for South Koreans who work at an industrial complex in the North to cross the heavily armed border. When the connection was last severed in 2009, some workers were stranded in the North.
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