For more than 20 years, Bob Buckley was a beloved leader and mentor in CMBM’s groundbreaking programs for healing the trauma and relieving the stress of those who are most in need.
Bob, who received his Master’s in Social Work from Catholic University and served in the Army, brought his huge heart as well as his great clinical skills to everything he did.
He shared his love and compassion with all who came his way—the war-traumatized children he played and danced with in the ruins of Kosovo and Gaza; the hundreds of clinicians whom he lovingly mentored and supervised; the “brothers and sisters” he claimed across the U.S. and in all the countries where we worked.
Bob grew up poor economically but rich and blessed in the gifts of the heart and in his family. The second oldest of nine children, he was, his sister Trish says, “a major force for family survival,” a prime caregiver and a supportive, embracing, happy presence for his younger brothers and sisters.
Even as Bob grew weak after his long and painful struggle with cancer, he kept asking about all of us– and all of the kids and adults we cared for. He was especially interested in work that he had helped to lead with Native Americans on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations. “How are they doing?” he would ask. “What about those suicidal kids?” “When are we going to start a program for the whole Reservation?” The answer is now!
This October 1-4 we brought Bob’s spirit and vision and CMBM’s comprehensive work with traumatized children and adults to our brothers and sisters on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.
The Bob Buckley Compassion Fund will support our work with Native Americans for 2015-2016, and in future years we will serve other communities in need in the U.S. and overseas that have touched Bob’s heart— veterans and their families, and war-traumatized children.
Ways to Get Involved
Donate directly to The Bob Buckley Compassion Fund
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