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Sister M. Marcian Deisenroth, RSM

2003 Volunteer for Victims Award | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Sister M. Marcian Deisenroth, RSM | Volunteer for Victims Award
Mutual Ground
Aurora, Illinois

Sister Marcian, a retired hospital administrator, is a volunteer advocate who assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault when they are brought to a hospital. She provides these victims with information, support, and referrals. She is on call day and night to travel to any one of the three local hospitals in two counties, taking many calls in the middle of the night. 

Sister Marcian is also on the Board of Directors of Mutual Ground, a nonprofit agency that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Kendall and southern Kane Counties in Illinois. Mutual Ground operates a shelter and provides counseling, medical care and advocacy, 24-hour crisis intervention, legal advocacy, referrals, and transitional housing services. Sister Marcian uses her experiences and insights to help Mutual Ground volunteers and others understand how agencies can come together to help victims.