Ralston House volunteer Rebel Rodriguez was honored with the prestigious Minoru Yasui award in April, 2010.
Rodriguez was nominated by the Ralston House staff for her work with the center since 2006. She has been a favorite with the children she encounters. Parents have expressed their feelings of comfort and safety in discussing and dealing with the sensitive issue involved with a visit to Ralston House.
"Her professionalism, knowledge about the judicial system and understanding of the dynamics of sexual and physical abuse of children and its impact on families makes Rebel a tremendous asset to families visiting Ralston House," said Donald Moseley Executive Director of Ralston House.
As part of the award, $2,000 will be designated for a non-profit organization of Rodriguez's choice.
She has opted to give the money to Ralston House.
Ralston House is a family-friendly, safe and neutral environment where trained professionals (including law enforcement, social services and medical professionals) interview and provide medical examinations of children who've been physically or sexually abused. Nearly 700 children and their families were served in 2009, helping them to begin the healing process from these traumatic events.
The award is named in honor of Minoru Yasui. Minoru Yasui believed in the American dream. Even though he was of Japanese descent during the World War II era, he believed all Americans could succeed and be treated fairly, because they were Americans and human beings.
Yasui, who served 16 years as the Executive Director of the Denver Commission on Community Relations, was dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people