By Lori Wybraniec
In November 2013, I joined the River House Board of Directors and currently sit on the Board Development Committee. My experience with River House Inc. began in 1999 when I worked as the Sexual Assault Program Coordinator for a time, and I was truly honored to be invited to formally work with and reacquaint myself with such an important organization after many years.
For the past 8 ½ years, I have been working at Second Chance Academy in Roscommon with students, parents, and guardians from both Roscommon and Ogemaw Counties, many of which have been touched by domestic violence or sexual assault on many different levels. During my tenure at Second Chance Academy, I have been fortunate to have an established history with River House Inc. This relationship has provided an opportunity for River House to offer supportive services to our families and students. This has been accomplished by educating our parents and guardians through Parent Group, facilitating activities with our students, and in holding one-on-one advocacy with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault. As River House Inc. is able to come directly to our school, they have offered an opportunity for our clients to learn about the impact that domestic violence or sexual assault can have on individuals and their family. Second Chance Academy is indeed thankful for the services provided by River House, and we look forward to collaborating on future outreach and projects.