Difference Maker Reaches Unique Milestone

Susy Solis
February 14, 2020 - 8:56 am

Gail Roberts has always loved to volunteer, but when she started volunteering at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, she never left. For the past 7 years, she's used her skills in data management to help the team at the DCAC. 

"I'm really just honored to be here," she said. 

And the DCAC is honored to have her too. Recently, they celebrated Roberts for logging more than 1,000 hours of service, a milestone that only one other volunteer at the DCAC has ever reached. 

The DCAC is a non-profit that serves any child in Dallas county that has been sexually or severely abused. 

"It's horrible that this exists and no one wants to think about it, but it does exist and the center is doing something about it," she said. "Last year they treated 28,131 cases in Dallas County and those are just the ones we knew about. The bottom line is it's all about the children." 

She is passionate about helping the children and its the end result that keeps her going back. ​When a child is finished with their therapy program, which could take up to 6 months, they have a "graduation." Whenever there is a graduation a call goes out in the building and everyone lines the long hallway. 

"The child runs up and down and hi-fives everybody and cheers," she said. "You look at these children and they came in as a result of something absolutely horrible that happened to them and they're smiling and they're laughing and they've got the tools to go forward." 

Roberts recalls the day the center honored her for 1000 hours of service and said she quoted Mr. Rogers who said,"Whoever helps a child is a hero." 

"They're my heroes," she said about the people who work and volunteer at the DCAC. 

She's this week's KRLD Difference Maker. 

If you know someone in the community who is making a difference, email Susy Solis at susy.solis@entercom.com