SAT & CIS Volunteer Opportunities 

The CIS (Crisis Intervention Service) and SAT (survivor's Advocacy Team) are volunteer roles open to anyone in our community who completes an application, screening, training and has passed the required background check. All volunteers report to a DCFOF staff member to offer guidance, support and oversee all advocacy efforts of SAT and CIS volunteers. 

"I love volunteering at the shelter because I am inspired by the women who come here for a new start. They come with few possessions but a heart full of dreams for a new peaceful life. " -Sherri current CIS volunteer 

Upcoming Fall Training Dates

Nov. 5th - 8th, 5:30-8:30pm 
Nov. 12th - 15th, 5:30-8:30pm 
Nov. 26th - 29th, 5:30-8:30pm 

*Please be advised, this is ALL ONE TRAINING broken up into different sessions. You must attend ALL dates above to be eligible for a SAT or CIS volunteer. 

*Pre-requisite is attending a volunteer orientation prior to the first day of SAT/CIS training. 

This 30-hour training equips you with knowledge of crisis intervention, working with clients to achieve safety and all about Denton County Friends of the Family programs and services. We discuss the statistics and definitions of sexual assault and domestic violence and how you as a volunteer play a vital role in the lives of survivors.  This training prepares you for either volunteer opportunity and allows volunteers to feel prepared and supported before stepping into their new role. Each DCFOF volunteer reports to a trained staff member for guidance and support in their role. 

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How Do I Become a SAT/CIS Volunteer? 

  1. Apply to be a SAT/CIS volunteer! 
  2. Let us know you want to be a SAT/CIS Volunteer! Tell us by completing the form here 
  3. Attend all required training dates  (must attend Volunteer Orientation and the SAT/CIS training)

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What is a SAT Volunteer? 

Survivors Advocacy Team members (SAT) provide an invaluable service to victims of domestic and sexual violence. SAT members meet and accompany victims at one of four Denton County hospitals for a forensic exam (SANE) or other medical treatment. Trained SAT members receive a call from the Denton County Friends of the Family crisis line when a victim is sent or taken to the hospital by the police department or when they go to the hospital on their own and request a SANE exam. The SAT’s most important job is to support victims and their families with kind, supportive words and a listening ear. SAT members provide information about the free help and services that victims can receive through Denton County Friends of the Family, for instance, counseling, advocacy and Crime Victim's Compensation (CVC). To learn more about sexual assault click here.

What is a CIS Volunteer? 

A Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) volunteer provides services and resources to victims by assisting with the 24-hour crisis line and assisting clients in the shelter. A CIS volunteer provides a number of services and resources to callers and residents of the shelter. They work directly with shelter residents meeting daily needs that arise. These volunteers also provide resources, safety planning, and screen eligible clients for emergency shelter services. The 24-hour crisis line serves as a way for victims to get connected to resources, obtain services and a dispatch line for the SANE and our SAT volunteers.  

In 2017 we dispatched 220 sexual assault calls and answered 4,166 crisis hotline calls. These numbers would not be the case without our trained and dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers make it possible to provide clients with compassionate and comprehensive services. 


CIS Requirements

SAT Requirements

How do I start? 

  • If you are not currently a volunteer, please submit your application!
  • Attend volunteer orientation 
  • Email volunteer@dcfof.org to sign up for the current quarter's training  
  • Be sure to note what volunteer opportunity you are interested in 
  • Attend all required training dates  

Next training:

TBD- email volunteer@dcfof.org if you're interested in finding out about the next training dates

*Please be advised, this is ALL ONE TRAINING broken up into different sessions. You must attend ALL dates above to be eligible for a SAT or CIS volunteer. 

*Pre-requisite is attending a volunteer orientation prior to the first day of SAT/CIS training. 

This 30-hour training equips you with knowledge of crisis intervention, working with clients to achieve safety and all about Denton County Friends of the Family programs and services. We discuss the statistics and definitions of sexual assault and domestic violence and how you as a volunteer play a vital role in the lives of survivors.  This training prepares you for either volunteer opportunity and allows volunteers to feel prepared and supported before stepping into their new role. Each DCFOF volunteer reports to a trained staff member for guidance and support in their role. 

Why volunteer for these opportunities?  

  • These rewarding volunteer opportunities are an amazing way to step foot into a non-profit agency and be client facing. You will gain experience in the dynamics of relationship violence and sexual assault and work with trauma survivors all while making a difference in your community. These volunteer positions have flexible hours, the crisis line and emergency shelter operate 24-hours and SAT shifts are an on-call basis. The ability to volunteer in a caring, professional atmosphere with accessible staff and peer support while adding professional skills to your resume. 

SAT Schedule

Typical warning signs of abuse

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017