These are exciting times as Faithful Friends is growing! Hiring our first Development Director is a big step forward as we look to secure additional financial partnerships in the community which will allow us to create more mentor connections. The more mentor matches we make, the the more children in Portland will have the transformational friendship of a caring adult as they grow and mature.
Lynsey Redman comes to us from Michigan where she has been an active member of the community where she and her husband have been raising their twin teen daughters and a teenage son. While originally from Florida where she studied International Business, she later received another degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University. The local school system in Onsted was the beneficiary of Lynsey’s multiple ongoing efforts to improve their infrastructure where she successfully ran fundraisers and secured grants. As a passionate children’s advocate, she later assisted the Boys and Girls Club in fundraising and more.
As a newer resident to the greater Portland area, Lynsey and her family are enjoying all that the region has to offer. You may bump into her and her family on a local trail exploring over a weekend, so don’t feel shy to say hello!
Faithful Friends Community, we introduce our new Communications Manager Tim!
Tim brings with him his experience in documentary filmmaking and photography, as well as graphic design and social media. We are so excited for the skills, heart, and experience that Tim is going to contribute to our Faithful Friends team!
Brian and Pamela, both teachers, are going on their very first outing today with their new friend Sam*. While getting to know Sam and his family, we found out that he loves motorcycles. It just so happens that Brian just got one! Even though they won’t be riding the motorcycle together, they’ll get to share that interest and curiosity.
Today these three are going to grab bite to eat and head to the park to play. The simplicity of this outing is what Faithful Friends is all about – the little moments that will make a big impact in the life of a child.
This month, we’ve made 4 new matches. That means 4 more children are getting one-on-one attention once a week. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to help create these lifelong friendships.
Thank you to our friends at A Kids Book About for providing Faithful Friends mentees with some incredible books! After reading A Kid’s Book About Bullying together, one mentor reflected – “The purpose for this was to help him understand why people are bullies. It was hard, but I shared with him that I was once a bully because I was bullied. I thought that it was ok because I was bullied and saw other people being bullied. The main reason for reading this to him is that a while back he shared with me how was being bullied at school. I wanted him to know what to do about it. He seemed to have really enjoyed it. As mentors, we are involved in changing the lives of these children. Whether it’s giving them a “safe space” to play, be themselves, or teach them, we are changing the lives of these kids. However, I realize that it’s not just me changing his life, it’s him transforming me. I’ve gone from living a life focused on just me and my wife, to thinking about him. He looks forward to our time together. Thing is, I really enjoy spending time with him.” We are so thankful for support from our community members and for mentors who take time to talk to their mentees about the tough stuff.