2010-03-18 / Local & State

Serving Others: River Oaks Helpline

Pictured above, left, are Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism board President Deb Toothman, new chamber board member Connie Burgeon from Tower Bank, McConnellsburg Branch; Carole Palmer, River Oaks Helpline; Lynn Mellott, board member; Janet Barnett, River Oaks Helpline secretary; Jason Ritchey, new chamber board member from Lincoln Way Pizza; Linda Ramsey, River Oaks Helpline training coordinator; and Lisa Daniels, new Chamber board member from Community State Bank of Orbisonia, McConnellsburg Branch. Not pictured is Cindy McClain, River Oaks Helpline vice president. Pictured above, left, are Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism board President Deb Toothman, new chamber board member Connie Burgeon from Tower Bank, McConnellsburg Branch; Carole Palmer, River Oaks Helpline; Lynn Mellott, board member; Janet Barnett, River Oaks Helpline secretary; Jason Ritchey, new chamber board member from Lincoln Way Pizza; Linda Ramsey, River Oaks Helpline training coordinator; and Lisa Daniels, new Chamber board member from Community State Bank of Orbisonia, McConnellsburg Branch. Not pictured is Cindy McClain, River Oaks Helpline vice president. River Oaks Helpline is a nonprofit Christian crisis counseling/ prayer line. It’s a free, confidential help-line/prayer line that anyone can call to find help for spiritual, emotional or physical needs. The helpline started December 1, 2007.

“It also serves as a resource for information on agencies, programs and services that can provide further assistance to those in need,” said Carole Palmer, the helpline’s executive director.

Christian volunteers from many denominations in the community staff the helpline, which is open from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week.

The helpline can help callers with such issues as addiction, anger management, boundaries, codependency, crisis pregnancy, depression, domestic violence, grief, loneliness and more.

River Oaks offers training courses to help the Christian lay person prepare to volunteer on the helpline and offer personal ministry within their families, workplaces and the communities.

Palmer got the idea for the ministry from working with a helpline 20 years ago in Florida.

Struggling with life, need to talk; hope is a phone call away at 717-325-4200. Please visit the Web site also at www.riveroakshelpline.org.

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