Crisis Hotline Hires New Operations Director

WESTFIELD—Lee McDermott Schaefer of Westfield has joined CONTACT We Care, New Jersey’s 24-hour crisis hotline, as the new part-time operations director. She will be managing the agency’s administrative office and assist with fundraising.

Schaefer earned a Master of Science degree in nonprofit management from The New School University in New York and Bachelor of Arts in economics from New York University.


Prior to joining CONTACTm she worked as the operations manager and development associate for the League of Young Voters, a non-profit that empowers young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process.
A 1999 graduate of Westfield High School, Lee and her husband Joe and daughter Alice have recently moved back to Westfield from Brooklyn.

CONTACT We Care volunteers respond to more than 12,000 calls per year on a wide variety of issues including abuse, addiction, anxiety, depression, economic and family problems, loneliness, physical illness, relationship problems, sexual orientation, and suicidal thoughts. Part of a nationwide network of crisis hotlines affiliated with CONTACT USA and internationally with Lifeline International, CONTACT We Care is the primary responder in New Jersey to calls made to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline numbers, 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE.

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