Posted by: joshjasper | May 29, 2009

Evidence

As of today, we have 21 women, men, and children on our waiting list to receive counseling services from our Dubuque office.  We have raised just over $6,000 of the $30,000 needed to hire the additional therapist.

Undoubtedly, we have our work cut out for us.  With that said though, this project has brought out the best of people in our community.  For instance, we recently received a $5 donation from a Loras College student.  Five dollars is what she could afford, so five dollars is what she gave.  Her generosity is greatly appreciated, and her donation will most definitely put us closer to hiring the new therapist.  There are countless stories I could share of other people doing the same.

Aside from the generosity evident in people, we have also found an incredible amount of empathy in our community.  A number of the individuals on the waiting list reached out for help not because of a commercial they saw or a phone number they came across, but rather, it was because a friend gave them the encouragement to reach out.  Those friends did not want to know the details of the assault, and they certainly did not blame the survivor.  They simply wanted to help.  So much of the work that we do at the Riverview Center has to do with empowerment.  We empower survivors to receive the services needed, all while empowering men, women, and children to examining their own attitudes and behaviors that could potentially reinforce violent behaviors. We are changing the world as we know it.

I am confident we will reach our goal.  I believe in our community.  The hand written note that accompanied the $5 donation from the college student hangs in my office as proof of our continued success in this work.

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