LORI SOBELSON admits that she carries a big heart for children, and so does her husband, David.
Since they were teenagers, they both strongly believed that children needed to have a voice. As the Director of Corporate Outreach for Bob’s Red Mill, Lori appreciates the fact that she has had opportunities to work with a variety of non-profit organizations such as Children’s Center – often in the arena of nutrition education and what that means for caregivers, families, and their children.
Motivated by the professionalism and temperament of the clinical staff on her first tour of the Center nearly a decade ago, Lori quickly became a Children’s Center supporter – both personally and through Bob’s Red Mill.
While encouraging several nonprofit and philanthropy initiatives at Bob’s Red Mill, Lori understood that Children’s Center did not readily fall into the company’s focus on nutrition and dietary education. But in the field of child maltreatment and understanding the myriad of negative impacts that were undermining the health and well-being of local families, the findings and bold figures spoke volumes to the severity of the issue for Lori.
Children are our future. Left untreated, early traumatic experiences frequently lead to chronic conditions such as obesity, substance abuse, diabetes, and heart disease.
“If we could somehow get people to understand, ‘Wow, I had no idea that so many children were at-risk’, then we could finally get to work to decrease those numbers through awareness, training, and engagement,” Lori said. “The value of one life is huge and I think in our society we often lose sight of that.”
Recently, Bob’s Red Mill partnered with Children’s Center and co-hosted its first Stewards of Children® child sexual abuse prevention training with the Calvary Chapel Church of Southeast Portland. For both Lori and David, the training served as a profound reminder to continuously establish and implement child protective behaviors in their supportive roles as responsible adults in the lives of dozens of neighborhood kids who frequently drop by to visit.
“Children’s Center is an example for everyone,” Lori said. “We can help our kids be the best individuals and leaders possible through the services available at the Center. We can be a voice for those people who you wish were there and help them succeed.”