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 a child was very imaginative. When someone tells me a story, I picture each scene in my mind and imagine how it would feel to be in that story. As an adult, my imaginative ability to picture myself in different scenes wasn’t such a gift like it was in childhood.
I gave birth to my first child in August of 2013 and I distinctly remember several different stories right after I had my son that deeply affected me. One was a story I heard about a newborn while I was still in the hospital, another; a news story of abuse, and the third another horrific abuse story I heard from my sister in law that to this day I have not had the courage to google for fear it is true. As a new mother, I couldn’t bear to imagine some of the things that I know happen in this world. I became depressed and consumed with thinking about these awful scenarios. I made a decision that I could be depressed about the stories that I hear on the news every day, I could bury my head and pretend it doesn’t happen, or I could get involved in becoming part of the solution. I chose the latter.
I have very much enjoyed being part of River Bridge and while it’s hard to think about what is happening out there, it is happening. I for one want to know that I’m doing what I can to help these children out.
Part of the struggle we face is getting our communities informed because these are difficult subjects to talk about. It’s time we all open our eyes and have the courage to hear about the things that are happening to children everywhere and do our part. I thank anyone who takes the time to read this and encourage those of you reading to become more informed and hopefully if you feel so inclined, get involved in doing anything you can to improve the lives of these marginalized children.