Soon Family Support Line will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the organization and over that time we have touched thousands of lives in Delaware County for the better. But we wouldn’t have been able to get this far without dedicated board members such as Louis A. Robinson, Jr., or “Lou” as we call him.
Lou has helped to develop Family Support Line into the successful organization it is today while sitting on the board for the organization’s entire 30 year history. His dedication and positive attitude toward helping others in need has helped to turn Family Support Line in to what it is today. Over his tenure, Lou has served as President, Vice President, and held several offices within the board.
Family Support Line’s mission of preventing child sexual abuse and helping children and families heal after abuse is what brought Lou to the organization in 1988. After Lou’s daughter faced a horrible tragedy, he vowed to do whatever he could to help other families deal with the anxieties, fears, and uncertainties that child abuse can bring into their lives. Lou didn’t have an agency like Family Support Line to turn to when his family needed to talk to someone and learn about what steps they can take in order to heal, so he wanted to be able to provide that for others.
Lou has made it his mission to educate government officials, business and civic leaders, educators, and families about the importance of addressing child abuse. Lou wants parents to know that there is hope for their children and their families, even when they may be feeling confused and hopeless.
“Child abuse is not something that we can’t hide in the closet and forget about,” said Lou.“These families need to understand that there are people out there willing to support them and lead them along the right path in their time of need. It boils down to protecting the children and letting families know that there is hope and healing on the other side.”
Lou has been a big part of the success of Family Support Line’s prevention program through which hundreds of children are educated each year, and he has also been involved in the recent founding of the Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center, which helps families and law enforcement coordinate the response to accusations of abuse. Lou also helps to ensure financial security so that Family Support Line will be able to serve Delaware County for many more years to come. He promotes fundraising through securing corporate giving, grants, and donations, and initiated the United Way payroll deduction donation program.
When asked how he feels that Family Support Line is celebrating its 30th anniversary, Lou said: “We have made great strides in 30 years, served many, and swept in more influential leaders to help us continue our good work for the community.” He also expressed that his dream is that organizations like Family Support Line won’t be needed in the future because child sexual abuse will no longer be a problem that exists.
Lou has had a satisfying professional career, but his true passion, which started as early as his high school years, resides with giving back to others. His passion for giving back can be seen through his involvement with Family Support Line, Thanksgiving and Christmas food and clothing drives, and projects like the “Caring Critters” campaign collecting over 7,000 stuffed animals for three agencies in the county. Lou is also the Vice President of the St. James choir called the Blue and Gray Voices, and he is the Scholarship Chairman of the St. James Alumni Association, which provides high school scholarships to students wanting to attend Philadelphia Archdiocese high school.