Rebecca Davis via Crowdrise
March 31, 2011
It's been 3 years now that I've worked at the Children's Center for Hope and Healing and I continue to be shocked, amazed, and awed--shocked at the cruelty that children have to endure, amazed by their strength in facing their difficult stories, and awed by the therapists who work with me who find creative intervention after creative intervention day in and day out to work with a wide range of children, adolescents, and parents from all different walks of life.
Many people told me that I would become numb to it after a while. I'm still waiting for this to happen. For me, my third year with the agency has been even more difficult than my first. We served a record number of people in 2010: 1,095. At times we had waiting lists several weeks long. I remember pulling a referral form off of our fax machine during this time. The form described a 10-year-old girl who needed counseling from us. She had been raped twice by two different men. Knowing that our waiting list was about 8 weeks long at the time, I put the referral paper in our inbox and simply cried. How horrible that some little girl, practically a baby, had gone through something so horrific! And how horrible that our agency didn't have enough money to be able to hire enough people to be able to have an opening in our schedule to be able to make an appointment to see her immediately!
You can help with this. You can help make sure that little girls like this one are able to get the help they need when they need it by donating to the Children's Center for Hope and Healing. Every year, during the month of April, we turn to good people we know to ask for help. We need you to be there for us so that we can be there for all the little girls--and boys--who need the professional help of one of our licensed therapists.
Today, our Finance Director was clearing some coloring pages from the lobby. Among the pictures and scribble that had been done by children who have spent time in our lobby waiting was a note, an unsolicited testimonial, written in crayon in a child's handwriting. It read:
"This is a great place to come. They help you alot."
Please help our great place so we can help a lot!