The Hotline Project – A Secular Service Project by Recovering from Religion
The process of leaving religion might not be an overnight experience, as many of you know, but did you know that many of the calls for help we get are between 3:00 and 5:00 in the morning? Recovering from Religion receives countless emails and phone calls from people seeking help on their journey away from faith, at all hours of the day and night, and we want to help everyone who contacts us. Through our Hotline Project, we will offer 24/7 national, regional, and local resources – a secular support network people can utilize in their most urgent time of need.
UPDATE #4 (December 2014) We’re ready to launch, we just need a few more hands on deck to have enough staffing! Please consider applying to volunteer as a phone agent today, there are many voices who need to hear yours!
UPDATE #4 (October 2014) More training classes begin next month, and we’re tremendously excited at how this is coming together. It hasn’t been easy, but it will be worth it! Current target launch date is the week of Thanksgiving!
UPDATE #3 (April 2014) It’s moving pretty quickly now! We are scheduling Hotline Agent training sessions to begin next week, we’re finishing interviews for the first “wave” of Hotline phone agents, and we’re getting ready to launch very soon. Everyone is SO excited, and we’re very proud of our fantastic volunteers. What a wonderful team, we’re so glad to work with them all!
UPDATE #2 (January 2014): After a very in depth evaluation of the best options for this project’s goals, we’re now signing telephony contracts and putting the mechanics of the Hotline together behind the scenes. At the same time, we’re finishing our reference checks on our over 300 volunteer applications and tackling over 300 interviews. Because of how seriously we take this effort, it is taking a bit longer than we originally anticipated, and we appreciate your patience as we bring this to fruition. It is incredibly important that this to be done correctly, securely, and with the highest standards of attention to detail. Thanks for your support and encouragement!
UPDATE #1 (August 2013): Thanks to your overwhelming support and generosity, we are thrilled to announce we have met our goal of raising $30,000 well ahead of our June 30th deadline, and we are now ready to launch the second phase of The Hotline Project: gathering and training volunteers.
If you want to help others along the journey of recovering from religion, and you understand the difference between compassion and conversion as well as empathy and evangelizing, you might be a good candidate to volunteer on the Hotline. We are NOT an “atheist deconversion hotline”, and we won’t be debating callers. Most people who contact us have already made up their minds to reject supernatural beliefs on some level, and the rest are strongly reconsidering the role of religion in their lives. If your goal is to debate, argue, “save”, or convert people to the “right” religion, this won’t be a good fit for you and you won’t make it through the required training. However, if you just want to help others find their way into the vast and wonderful secular community that exists across the USA, fill out an application to get the process started! You will receive an email letting you know what the next step will be. Every application will be verified, and all references checked, so we appreciate your patience as we go through everyone’s submissions. Thank you again for your interest in being a part of the RR support team, we look forward to working with you!
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RR is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization. Our Tax ID Number is 45-4000021.
Donations to the Hotline Project can be made through the button below. The donation will be specifically for the Hotline Project. General donations can be made through our Donate page.