Mentoring brings so much joy to our mentors as well as our mentees. Having a caring and trusted adult set aside time for a child every single week has an immense impact on them! At Faithful Friends we value consistency, community, and the uniqueness of every person. If this is something you want to be a part of click “Get Involved” under our website menu and fill out a form! Our next informational session will be held via zoom on July 29th so get your form in before then!
Echo-Ranch has partnered with us since the beginning! They are another outstanding non-profit organization that takes in horses that have suffered neglect or abuse in their past and restores them back to health with grooming, riding and liberty work. Faithful Friends mentees have had amazing experiences getting to ride and be around these majestic animals that have overcome many challenges just like many of our children have. We could not be more thankful for this worthwhile partnership!
Today we acknowledge Ted and his mentee as they celebrate three years of mentoring! We are so thankful for mentors like Ted that put all they have into their mentoring relationship. Of the many adventures that Ted and his mentee have experienced some of those include football games, bee keeping, and car shows. Not many children get to experience so many awesome things! Ted really understands the heart of our program and we are so thankful for his consistency in showing up and giving his time to a child every week for three years!
Thank you Ted!
To the families of color that we serve; we stand with you in celebration in remembrance that on this day in 1865 General Gordon Granger declared that all enslaved people were now FREE. All of the children that we serve are Valuable, Beautiful, Precious Children of God! Let us look with hope toward a bright future for our children and children’s children to come.
Tonight followers of Jesus will be gathering south of Steele Bridge along the Portland waterfront for a Juneteenth Prayer Vigil from 5:30-7pm. If you
plan on attending please wear a mask and know that this will be a beautiful time of prayer and hearing from our black and brown brothers and sisters.
Today we acknowledge Melissa and Andrew for celebrating three years of mentoring! They are a superb example of what it looks like to be consistent in the life of a child. They were matched with their mentee in May of 2017. Six months in, their mentee was still very shy and quiet. Now three years after being matched they have done so much together! With soccer games, car shows, and pumpkin carving, their friendship has blossomed into a beautiful example of what a true friend really looks like! Thank you Melissa and Andrew!
We grieve together the loss of life that stems from a racialized society and long history of segregation.
We lament the reality that our differences too often become the source of aggression, division, judgment and fear.
We are compelled by the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, who seeks justice for all people.
We love and stand with our children, our families, our mentors and our neighbors, particularly people of color who have been and continue to be victims of racial discrimination and systemic oppression. We are committed to nurture these enduring relationships as ones marked by mutuality and interdependence.
We seek to partner with all people to change structures of inequity both personally and corporately, pursuing the Gospel of reconciliation that the Church has been entrusted with.
We pursue peace with a posture of humility: listening to, learning from and linking arms with our entire community confident that together we can forge a more just future for our children.
Mentoring through Covid-19 has been no easy task for our mentors. With schools and activities being closed for kids, our families that we serve are facing challenges they have never had to face before.
Thankfully we have a group of amazing mentors that are willing to adapt when life gets crazy! Here is a picture of our Mentor Audrey delivering pizza to her mentee. From delivering pizza, to celebrating a birthday social distance style, to setting up a treasure hunt over zoom; our mentors have really stepped up their game to be there for their mentees.
Because of the diligence of our mentors even a pandemic cannot prevent us from supporting the children and families that we serve.
Bill Russell Receives Portland’s First Citizen Award
Aril 26, 2018
In our Mentor Spotlight we a want to congratulate and honor Bill Russell who received Portland’s first citizen award. Bill and his wife Tamara have been working with Portland’s most vulnerable communities for over 30 years. Their hearts for serving others has brought so much change to the Northwest.
We have been so blessed to have Bill and Tamara as a part of Faithful Friends over the past three years. When they came to training, they wanted to do something that takes a preventive approach and saw Faithful Friends was an opportunity to do so. They where matched with an awesome young man from the Rockwood area. With weekly outings, they began to build a strong bond with their mentee and his family. They have been a rock through the ups and downs in this young man’s life. They have traveled from Gresham to Beaverton to make sure they get quality time with their mentee. They have explored the city together, cooked together, learned how to play music together, and most importantly, they have shown up in this child’s life over and over again. When you see Bill and Tamara on an outing with their mentee you can almost feel the strong connection that they have with one another.
We want to congratulate Bill on this amazing and well-deserved award. We believe no one is more deserving. We want to highlight and thank Bill and Tamara for everything they have put into Faithful Friends and our community. Please check out some cool photos and video of this amazing match we have.
For more information on the other great work Bill is doing as the Executive Director at the Union Gospel Mission please visit: ugmportland.org