We match volunteer mentors with kids ages 6 through 9. Mentors can be matched as individuals, couples or families who commit to build caring, consistent, and safe relationships with the children and are living examples of their values. The mentor/mentee matches meet 3-4 times each month and commit to at least 1 year. Almost 70% of our matches have continued into a second year and over 50% into a third.
Activities between the mentor and mentee are a collaborative decision – the child is included in the mentor’s everyday activities. This may mean cooking a meal together or going to the park. It may also include helping the child with academic, artistic, social and other life skills.
We partner with the local church to find and train mentors. Each mentor enthusiastically and patiently includes a child in family activities, building trust between true friends. We applaud and thank them for their dedication and believe both adults and children will be enriched by this experience.
Children are referred to Faithful Friends by a parent or caregiver, local schools, and other community partners. We believe that the lives of our mentees will be forever changed by their participation in this program. The children and their families in turn change our mentors’ lives by giving their time, attention, and friendship. We care for and nurture them, support and protect them in every way possible.
The parents and guardians of the children we serve give us a precious gift – the opportunity to spend time with their child. They are the most important people in the child’s life. We respect them, thank them for this opportunity, and seek to champion them as they do the incredible work of raising children.