Guardians of the Children (GOC) was formed by a small but dedicated group of individuals in San Antonio, Texas who saw a need in their community and wanted to respond to that need. Child abuse and the ramifications of the abuse is a problem that affects all levels of our society and is something that we all must be willing to address, head on, if we are ever going to arrest/ reverse the trend. The GOC motto, “Don’t Let Your Silence Drown Out Their Cries,” addresses this specific issue. It’s not enough to say you’re against something, you must be willing to DO SOMETHING about the problem. The founders of GOC recognized that the smallest and most helpless members of our society were victims of selfish, manipulating, evil, cold-hearted predators and chose to DO SOMETHING to correct the problem. It was decided from the very beginning that rather than simply “picking up the pieces”, it would be a better idea to concentrate some time and effort to prevention. This emphasis on prevention, as well as taking care of victims and their families after the abuse has occurred, is what separates GOC from similar organizations.
As an organization comprised of bikers, one must have regular access to a motorcycle to become a member of GOC. This is very important because although there are many people and organizations who want to help the less fortunate in our communities, GOC accomplishes their mission in a very unique way. By using the biker image and persona, GOC is able to instill a feeling of safety in the hearts and minds of the victims and families it assists. Another component that enables GOC to accomplish its mission is the mentality amongst bikers that we are all part of something bigger and “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” If somebody attempts to cause harm to a biker they must, essentially, deal with his entire organization. If you knock a biker down, he will be back with plenty of support, and if you knock them down, there will be even more the next time-they will not waiver and they refuse to be beaten.
Members of GOC come from all walks of life and all socioeconomic backgrounds and all members must pass a security/ background check. While the membership reflects the diversity present in society, in general, the unifying sentiment is that they all “stand ready to lend support to our little friends,” and “help empower children to be courageous, even in the face of their ordeals.” After filling out an
application for membership, the security/ background check is completed and, if nothing is found to disqualify the applicant from membership, they are invited to become a member of GOC. After a period of approximately 12 months of satisfactory participation in GOC, the member is awarded the large back patch that signifies his commitment to the mission statement of GOC and, more importantly, to the adopted children and families who so desperately need their support in getting their lives back together. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” and this rule certainly applies to a member’s involvement in GOC. Countless members have commented that they feel so much better about themselves,and life in general, because they
are able to give something back to somebody that has been abused. By making somebody else feel empowered and safe in their world, the one who provides that support receives the blessing ten-fold.
As the news of GOC continues to spread across the United States, lives will continue to be changed for the better and those who have been victimized will find strength and support to tell their story so the evil and wicked people of the world won’t be allowed to continue their destructive ways. We must heed the encouraging words, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” and remember, “Don’t Let Your Silence Drown Out Their Cries.”
Guardians of the Children is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit.
If you would like to support the Guardians, please
send your tax deductible donation to:
Guardians of the Children, Steel-Horses Chapter
PO Box 2468
Weatherford, Texas 76086