Help often arises in the most unexpected places. When Amudim received a call from Dina*, who was concerned about her college roommate and didn’t know where else to turn, this simple act of kindness became the impetus for transforming Rivka’s* life.
Rivka grew up as the middle child in a large family; she felt forgotten, uneasy around her ‘normal siblings.’ Her anxiety grew as she could not pinpoint the source of her pain. She woke up every morning with daunting thoughts of “Am I good enough?” and “Do my parents love me?” She eventually took these inner struggles and began lashing out against friends and family, sometimes resorting to random outbursts of physical violence.
Things grew worse after she went away to college, believing that she could manage on her own. Rivka’s roommate noticed how difficult it was for Rivka to go to classes or even get out of bed. Dina had once volunteered at an Amudim Community Resources event, and hoped that we could help Rivka get the support she clearly needed. She called Amudim, and convinced Rivka to connect with one of our case managers, who conducted an intensive intake, getting her to open up about how her parents, as much as they had loved her siblings, had physically abused her as a child, a memory she had repressed for most of her life. Amudim’s case manager introduced Rivka to an appropriate therapist as well as spoke to her parents to recommend that they become involved in Rivka’s treatment. Rivka also met with a psychiatrist who prescribed appropriate medication to put her mind at ease.
This will be a long road of healing as Rivka and her family explore the root causes of the abuse and suffering that occurred in Rivka’s childhood and spilled over to her adult life. Amudim’s case manager continues to keep in touch with Rivka and her parents as they continue therapy in order to ensure that Rivka can find the lasting peace of mind and hope that has eluded her until now. Until her friend decided to reach out when she saw that something wasn’t right. They say it takes a village to raise a child; please don’t ever hesitate to call Amudim for support if you see someone in pain. We are here to help.
*Details have been changed for privacy