After ten years, the non-profit foundation was officially formed and celebrated its public launch this year. Founded by Hilary Roberts, sober from drugs and alcohol since May 9, 1997 and a survivor herself, The Red Songbird Foundation aims to help people heal from the darkness of their past. By providing education, outreach, resources, and treatment scholarships, Hilary and The Red Songbird Foundation have made it their mission to raise awareness and save as many lives as possible, through their work.
The Red Songbird Foundation was born out of Hilary Roberts’ own experience of needing trauma treatment as an adult, after six years of sobriety, and not being able to afford it, she was given the opportunity to have half of her $30,000 treatment paid for by a foundation that heard her story and wanted to help. The additional funds were loaned to her or paid for by a number of her close friends.
After going through trauma treatment, Hilary was able to face head on the horrible abuse that had been tormenting her day and night, causing her to act out off and on, for years. It was a hard journey for her during and after treatment, but eventually she was able to get to the other side of the abuse and the trauma and get to a place of relief. She found she could finally have healing, joy and peace in her life.
Hilary knew that one day she wanted to be able to help others the way that she had been helped. Hilary has personally sent adult survivors of trauma and those suffering with alcoholism/addiction to various facilities to receive the appropriate care they needed. All of these individuals have said that it has changed their lives for the better, helping them to heal and become more whole as human beings, as they face traumas and other underlying issues that drove them to be afraid, uncomfortable in their own skin, act out, despise themselves, or live in fear, even as adults.
It is Hilary’s wish and the wish of the Board at The Red Songbird Foundation, that people heal from the darkness of their past, are able to love themselves, engage in healthy relationships and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Red Songbird Foundation wants to help one person at a time to be healed and whole, perhaps for the first time in that individual’s life. We believe that as each person heals, the world heals.