James’ Story

James is a regular kid in a tough situation. Due to various circumstances, James and his 3 siblings have been living in foster care in 3 separate placements. Adding to the upheaval, Mom’s custody rights were recently terminated. James: removed, without mom, uncertain. BUT this story has hope: ·         James…

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Why I Love My Mentor

Why I love my mentorYouth in foster care have special needs, as they can often feel their very identity is shattered. They live with families not their own and know that this is not a stable place. The anxiety is real and so we have provided these youth with volunteer mentors to talk with, to share with, to trust. Our mentors see each youth twice per month and commit to this relationship for the youth’s entire time in foster care (and after foster care).

We asked the youth to write down “The #1 thing I want to say about my mentor is this:” The responses were frank, humbling, and show the incredible value of this relationship.

Growing Pains and Making Gains

Our mentors tell it best: through our Life Support program, we are helping youth to navigate the tough challenges life has thrown at them… “We began our mentor/mentee relationship from the start, with dinner two years ago. The 19 year old “boy” that I met had been in some form…

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