A CRISIS INTERVENER 24/7 #GiraffeHeroes #StickYourNeckOut Judy Thorslund has taken the Twelfth Step in the Alcoholics Anonymous program to amazing lengths. With some financial backing from a silent partner, she stepped into full-time service and founded a shelter for abused women and their families. Thorslund lived at the shelter herself for almost three years so she could be on call 24 hours a day, intervening personally in domestic fights and bringing the victims to the shelter. Her credibility and effectiveness as a counselor are heightened by the hard knocks she's taken herself and on the wide range of her experiences. She describes herself at one period of her life as an "outlaw;" at another, she was a member of a Christian fundamentalist community talking down-and-out city winos into sobering up. Thorslund went on to be an ever-present advocate for troubled people, regularly participating in a prison-outreach program. She’s available at the drop of a hat to pick up someone who's alone at home and afraid, to file restraining orders against violent spouses, or to sit up all night with someone who's thinking of "taking that first drink" or of committing suicide. Like this Giraffe Hero? Please like this whole Page so we can send you more great stories.