Childhelp River Bridge Center ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday |

Childhelp River Bridge Center ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday

April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/April E. Clark

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Over the door at the Childhelp River Bridge Center, a wooden sign reads, “All who enter here will find love.”

That’s the mission Joyce Bulifant, Childhelp National Board of Directors vice president, has been pursuing for the last five years.

The center is designated a safe haven for law enforcement and social service agencies to interview and aid child-abuse victims. The 2,300-square-foot facility also accommodates health care professionals as they examine abused and neglected victims.

“You know, the scar that children have runs so deep,” she said, during Friday afternoon’s rehearsal for the center’s ribbon-cutting. “It’s sad we even have to have this.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring a children’s dance program, takes place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with live music by Heart of the Rockies, Cindy Glowacki, and the Mixed Emotions. Glenwood Springs Adventure Paragliders will fly in, and refreshments will be offered. The center is located at 520 21st St. in Glenwood Springs, near the back of the old Mountain View building next to Valley View Hospital.

Saturday, Glowacki will perform the song titled, “River Bridge,” for which Bulifant penned lyrics and her husband, Roger Perry, composed the music. The couple’s grandson, Ford MacArthur McClure, will cut the ribbon.

“He’s representing all children,” Bulifant said.

Bulifant ” an actress from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” fame and child advocate who lives in Carbondale ” thanked the Garfield Board of County Commissioners, Childhelp River Bridge Task Force, Carbondale Aspen Glen Rotary Club, the founding and advisory boards of the Childhelp River Bridge Center and numerous donors for the project’s fruition. The center features cheery murals by Glenwood Springs artist Mary Noone in the examination rooms to put children at ease.

“It’s been a real community effort,” she said.

Bulifant hopes to see the Childhelp River Bridge Center offer services by the end of the month, pending the arrival of medical equipment.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601

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