River Bridge Voices: Let the Words Fall Out

Welcome to River Bridge Regional Center's Blog. A space to share stories, experiences, and the perspective of children and families who utilize our services, the staff who work here, and other professionals dedicated to fighting child abuse.   



  • Part of the Solution My name is Lindsay Gould I am a board member and volunteer at River Bridge Regional Center. I want to share how I became involved with this amazing organization.River Bridge Regional Center envisions a community where children are safe, families are strong, and where all abused children are believed, supported and able to heal.River Bridge Regional Center is a nationally accredited nonprofit child advocacy center, utilizing a child-centered, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment, and investigation of child abuse. Within River Bridge’s warm, child-friendly environment, they provide hope and healing to neglected and abused children and their families through treatment, advocacy, and investigation services.I have always been a very sensitive person and as ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 11:16 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • I Understand The smell was what woke me up, I had fallen asleep on a Greyhound bus headed to Cortez to see my sister and my new niece. The rotten stench from his body smelled like sewer and sweat making me gasp for air. Leaning close to my body he demanded that I get off the bus with him at the next stop. While his fingers violated my body, my brain froze in fear. I had just turned 13-years-old and I was taking the bus to southern Colorado to spend a week with my sister and the baby. My first trip alone, it was a big deal for me, all grown up and on my own. His face was next ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 9:29 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • Thank You Marilyn Van Derbur             Thank You Marilyn Van Derbur!Thank you all for attending River Bridge Regional Center's Marilyn Van Derbur event!  We hope that you were as moved as we were by Marilyn's powerful and important message about the impact of child abuse and the amazing ability to heal.  Marilyn's strength and dedication to survivors is inspiring.  She is a beacon of hope for us all.  Her metaphor for incest creeping into every corner of her life, like a drop of red paint in a white bucket, clearly depicted the reach that abuse can have.  Marilyn also spoke of the ability to heal if you do the work.  At River Bridge Regional Center this is what we strive for, supporting ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2017, 10:51 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • A Story of Pain, Healing, and Hope Child abuse knows no demographic; no gender, race, or socioeconomic status.  It is difficult to think about, even harder to talk about, yet it affects millions of children every year.  River Bridge is excited to bring Marilyn Van Derbur to Edwards on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. Marilyn’s story shows us that child abuse can happen in any home and teaches us the power of breaking the silence.  The power for a child to come forward and talk about abuse, the power to overcome, survive, and stand without stigma, and the power to prevent abuse from happening to other children.  Marilyn Van Derbur’s family was a part of Denver’s elite.  Her father was a millionaire socialite and pillar ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2017, 8:29 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • Meet Frasier the Facility Dog River Bridge Regional Center has a Labrador Retriever on its team By Kim Fuller Special to the Daily Imagine being a child in an intense state of stress, when your nervous system is saying you’re in danger, but then a calm dog sits still without worry at your feet. Dogs generally alert or respond when something seems threatening, so this calming energy may show you that a situation is safe. Frasier, a 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, serves this purpose for River Bridge Regional Center in Glenwood Springs. He is a type of service dog known as a facility dog, or a courthouse dog, with a job to make children feel as comfortable as possible in stressful ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 3:33 PM by Bridget Derkash
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