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SUPERIOR – "I feel that I am doing a small step for peace and so I continue to do it to the extent I can," long-time CASDA volunteer Liz Schmidt said.Before the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse had an emergency shelter, Schmidt opened her home and heart to women and their children who were trying to escape the vicious cycle of domestic violence.
"I had a little space because my husband had died and I thought it could be a safe home," said Schmidt.
During her nearly 25 years of volunteering, the 90-year-old has worn many hats.
"I feel like I'm doing something worthwhile," said Schmidt.
She's answered phones on the 24-hour crisis hotline.
"When you had the beeper they pictured us sitting at a desk, you know, and of course we were in bed sound asleep," said Schmidt.
She visited battered women in the hospital and now performs general office duties and helps with special projects.
"I'm not learning the computer at this stage," said Schmidt.
While she can seal an envelope and answer a phone like no other, it's her warm heart and kindred spirit that she is most known for.
"Liz is like a breath of fresh air,” CASDA Assistant Director Erika Leif said. “Every time you come in regardless of what kind of day you’re having you see Liz and its like 'oh Liz hi!'"
At times volunteering with the organization hasn't been easy.
"Sometimes they go back to their abuser," said Schmidt.
But she has seen many success stories in between.
"Sometimes they'll stop me once in a while and say things are going well for them," said Schmidt.
With almost 25 years under her belt, her journey is still not over.
"As long as I'm able to get here and do a little work around here for them that's what I do," said Schmidt.
CASDA will host their 4th Annual Dance to End Abuse fundraising gala this New Year’s Eve at Barkers Island.
Tickets are still on sale if you're interested.