It has been said “time flies.” This is what it feels like when I reflect on a chilly October night in 1982. My young daughter, Catherine, and I made our way to Lovers Lane Methodist Church for the first Rainbow Days children of alcoholics support group. It is difficult to comprehend that was 40 years ago!
I don’t know who was more nervous, me or the 7 children who made up that first group! It was exciting to see the many months of preparation come to fruition. And as our discussion about the group process and what was unique and special about each of us unfolded, nerves were quieted with the realization we shared the experience of having an alcoholic parent(s). The feelings of isolation and doubt were gradually replaced with the comforting realization we were not alone. And some of our “don’t like feelings” such as anger, guilt, and anxiety subsided as we embraced being in a safe place where it was okay to break rules such as “don’t talk,” “don’t trust,” and “don’t feel.”
In the decades to follow the curriculum was enhanced and the locations were expanded in the Dallas metroplex, across Texas, as well as in 43 other states and three countries. The number of trained facilitators grew to more than 23,000; and the original 7 children participating in what would come to be known as the Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG) Program grew to hundreds of thousands!
As I humbly reflect on this amazing journey I am reminded of the talented and dedicated individuals who are and have been part of the staff; the thousands of passionate and caring volunteers; the generous donors who sustain our work; the hundreds of Board members who support and guide us; the committed local, state and national partners who work alongside us; and God who has blessed us with His guidance, protection and grace every step of the way.
As we begin the next 40 years, we are honored to partner alongside each of you who are committed to making a difference in the children’s lives in your communities!
Founder, Rainbow Days, Inc.