Last week, our team attended the regional summit for the Mobile Safety-Net Team that focused on sustaining collaboration with some great speakers(see agenda below). Al Dirschberger spoke about the Erie County Department of Social Service’s efforts to sustaining change. He shared a collaboration with Bikers Against Child Abuse. No one has any proof that I was tearing up when he talked about how they hug a teddy bear and give it to the child at the start of the program. No proof at all. Good luck not tearing up while reading the quote below from their website about what they do.
Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new B.A.C.A. family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child’s house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected. B.A.C.A. Members and supporters also support the children by: providing escorts for them if they feel scared in their neighborhoods; riding by their homes on a regular basis; supporting the children at court and parole hearings; attending their interviews, and; staying with the children if they are alone and frightened.