Board President, Andrew Pojman, presents Laurie Kozisek with the 2017 Rosemary Caldwell Volunteer of the Year Award

Rosemary Caldwell was the Crisis Center’s crisis line director from 1974 to 1986 and trained and mentored numerous volunteers and staff during her tenure.  This award, established in her memory, is the only award we bestow.

The Crisis Center is excited to announce the 2017 Rosemary Caldwell Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Laurie Kozisek during our annual volunteer appreciation lunch in July.

Laurie has been volunteering weekly with the Crisis Center since 2006.  During her shift Laurie answers crisis and 211 calls- helping community members navigate difficult times, providing hope and support, and connecting them to resources.  Laurie’s service has demonstrated her dedication to the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s mission and core values of compassion, integrity, inclusion, accessibility, and collaboration.  In addition to her work at the Crisis Center she also volunteers for the Red Cross in Alameda County.

To date, Laurie has spent more than 2,000 hours answering the crisis and 211 lines-  providing help and hope to those in need.  Volunteers like Laurie share more than their time, they share their kindness, compassion, and skills to ensure that callers in crisis have a place to turn for help.  Laurie is a role model to all of us here at the Crisis Center, and it is our privilege to acknowledge her work with the Rosemary Caldwell Award.