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.
We close 2020 with deep gratitude for your generosity that has allowed us to serve over 75 kids this year. Lives are still being transformed in the midst of unprecedented challenges and we cannot thank you enough for your partnership!
In spite of the difficulties we all faced, Faithful Friends mentors continued to walk alongside their mentees and mentee’s families. We believe that the work of mentoring is never finished, which is why mentors adapted to online “outings”, delivered meals in a socially distanced way, dropped off coats and other necessities when families were financially hurt by the pandemic, got creative with outdoor socially distanced activities, wore masks, and never stopped showing up – even if it was in an unconventional way!
None of this would have happened without you! A mentor shows up every week, builds a relationship, and inspires hope. Now more than ever children need an extra loving, caring, consistent adult who will show up no matter what. Between isolation from friends, remote learning, a lack of extracurricular activities, and the every-day limitations that COVID19 have put on so many families, the children in our city need mentorship.
Your end of year gift will help us match the 70 plus children on our list who are waiting for their very own mentor.
Please join us as we continue to cultivate mentor relationships that inspire growth, resilience, and hope. Early intervention through mentor relationships transforms individual lives, families, communities, and generations!
If you’ve already given this season, thank you! If not, there is still time to inspire hope in a child’s life.
Thank you for joining us!
Check out Door of Hope NE sharing the inspiring story of Rachel and Biana and the mutual impact of their 6 year friendship.
Exactly one year ago today, Rebecca and Sydney* met for the very first time. Sydney, a sweet and energetic 6 year-old, was eager for a mentor – someone just for her (who she didn’t have to share with her little brother)! An extra adult to pour into her life – to match her enthusiasm – to take her to see and experience new things. Not surprisingly, Sydney greeted Rebecca with a big hug on their match date. Since that day, Rebecca and Sydney have made so many sweet memories. They’ve read books, gone to countless parks, visited a llama farm, eaten lots of chicken nuggets, and even rode a bike for the first time. “Rebecca has brought balance to [Sydney’s] life. She is so caring,” shared Sydney’s mom. Today, Rebecca and Sydney celebrate their one year match anniversary. One year might seem like just a small drop in the ocean, but for Sydney and her family this past year has been transformational. It’s been transformational for Rebecca, too. “Being a mentor has been a life-changing experience for me. Picking up little Sydney brings me so much joy and happiness“.
This outgoing and confident young girl has been matched with her mentors Jane and Kevin for over 4 years.
Like any friendship, theirs has been a journey of growth. Jane and Kevin have watched Majesty grow up, blossom into a performer, an artist, and a young woman of faith. There have been bumps along the way, but both have been steadfast and intentional with every minute they spend with Majesty – they know that the work of mentoring is never really finished.
Over the past 4 years, Jane and Majesty have written and performed countless puppet shows for neighbors, family members, and even for supporters at a Faithful Friends gala. Recently, they finished one of their many sewing projects – an entire halloween costume.
This is just one mentor/mentee match that has turned into so much more than a one-year committment. This is a friendship, a relationship of mutual trust, enjoyment, and growth.
Today, on this Giving Tuesday, support Faithful Friends. We are committed to cultivating mentor relationships like this one – that inspire growth, resilience, and hope.
“They get to see a whole new world, learn new things, and explore new environments that maybe they wouldn’t have been able to before.”
This is Janelli. She is a Resident and Community Services Coordinator with Home Forward, and her organization partners with Faithful Friends to help kids in her community get matched with mentors. She has seen first hand the impact that mentorship has had on an entire community of kids and families, and her hope for the kids that she works with is that they build lifelong relationships.
“[Mentoring] also creates a lifelong connection that goes beyond the mentor relationship. Hopefully as adults they can go back to that mentor and still have that support that the mentor provides.”
We are thankful for Janelli and all the support she helps provide families in her community. We will continue to find loving, caring, consistent mentors for the children she works with because we know the work of mentoring is never finished.