SWCC releases names of Faces of Hope recipients

WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Crisis Center Faces of Hope fundraiser and banquet is coming up May 11 at the Worthington Event Center, and this year the Faces of Hope recipients are an individual and an entity who go out of their way to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

The individual chosen from the nominees this year is Jami Wahl, the counselor at the Worthington District 518 Area Learning Center. According to her nomination form, Wahl collaborates with the crisis center's youth program and has brought advocates from the center into every grade level of the ALC. She has also worked with the crisis center to support students who have experienced relationship violence, and brought an advocate into the school to give a presentation on labor trafficking.

The dedication she shows in working with survivors, and her actions toward students with vulnerabilities, bad experiences and risk factors makes her a true face of hope.

The entity honored this year is the Nobles County Attorney's Office. The Southwest Crisis Center regularly crosses paths with the employees of the NCAO as they work with victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, and says they are always helpful in answering questions and supporting victims.

The nomination form says the NCAO is clear in their role during the resolution of a case involving domestic or sexual violence, but is always respectful and encouraging with the people with whom they sit down. They also offer their meeting room as a safe space for individuals coming to a court hearing, which alleviates the need for a victim to wait in a hallway alongside people they fear.

Wahl and the Nobles County Attorney's Office will be honored on Saturday, May 11 during the annual Faces of Hope event. This year, the fundraiser takes place at the Worthington Event Center, and features a performance by the a cappella group Tonic Sol Fa. The event is open to the public and includes a catered meal from Bluestem and a live auction.

Tickets are available at the mnswcc.org website or by calling 376-4311.

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