The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (3/10)

The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (3/10)⁠

“One of the clues was to find batman riding on a red bike. It was designed to be a rare sight so when they saw him, they went crazy!”⁠ ⁠

At the beginning of quarantine, Faithful Friends matches had to adapt to online “outings”. For many, the isolation from friends, teachers, family, AND mentors was (and continues to be) a huge challenge.

As a response to a survey sent to our mentors, Chon and his wife created an outdoor scavenger hunt in their neighborhood. They invited matches to come join.⁠ ⁠

“I think the social aspect was good. Isolation is a real thing during COVID. Also, it gave kids and mentors some time for teamwork, fun, and exercise. One of the clues was to find batman riding on a red bike. It was designed to be a rare sight so when they saw him, they went crazy! All in all, it was a fun time in what is a challenging time in life for many.” -Chon, Faithful Friends Mentor⁠ ⁠

#TheWorkOfMentoringIsNeverFinished #Teamwork #FaithfulFriends

The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (2/10)

The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (2/10)⁠

“Also, after school we try to maximize fun because, well…balance!”⁠ ⁠

After two years of showing up every week, Michelle and David saw that remote learning presented a new need for their mentee – so they started incorporating time each Friday to help him with online schooling.⁠ ⁠

Being able to get out of his apartment, just for one day a week, and go somewhere that feels all his own has made a big impact. In a time when we’re all searching for rhythm, these Fridays at his mentor’s house provides just that. They guide and encourage him through his class material, and then they share a meal together to celebrate his hard work (usually pizza or SuperDeluxe 🍕🍔❤️).⁠ ⁠

As we navigate through this year’s unique challenges, we see mentors stepping up in new ways. Sometimes, you adjust to fill in where you see there’s a need because the work of mentoring is never finished.⁠ ⁠

#lovechildren #community #givingseason #givingtuesday #theworkofmentoringisneverfinished ⁠

The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (1/10)

The Work of Mentoring is Never Finished (1/10)⁠

“I’ve learned that this is a child who depends on me”.⁠ ⁠

Brian and Jordan have showed up for one another for two years.⁠ ⁠ One of Faithful’s core values is consistency. Consistency just means showing up, every week, and doing what you say you’re going to do. ⁠

“I’ve learned that this is a child who depends on me as his mentor. When I say I’m going to do something, I have to hold myself accountable because he holds me accountable.”⁠ -Brian, Faithful Friends Mentor⁠.

Not every outing between matches is perfect. We all have good and bad days! Brian keeps showing up because he knows the work is never finished.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #theworkofmentoringisneverfinished #consistency #givingseason #givingtuesday

Good News!

Did you know that Faithful Friends is now a mighty team of FIVE!? ⁠ ⁠

There’s also been a bit of a change around here! Liz and Cia have shifted roles. ⁠ ⁠

Liz is our Operations Manager. She has been with Faithful for over 3 years. She loves exploring the PNW, playing volleyball with friends, and drinking coffee. Her favorite sugary cereal is a tie between Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks. ⁠

Cia is our newest Program Manager. She has been with Faithful since March. ⁠She loves hiking, playing games with friends, and knitting. Her favorite sugary cereal is Honey Oh’s.⁠ ⁠

We’re excited to continue our mission of cultivating mentor relationships that inspire growth, resilience, and hope 🤗⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #community #teamwork #faithfulfriendspdx

Happy Harvest!

Happy Harvest! We hope everyone is having as much fun as this Faithful Friends mentee! If you haven’t already it’s not too late to grab your mentee and head to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin or have a fun photo shoot with the pumpkins!

Meet The Bovey Family Match

This video speaks volumes to the impact Faithful Friends can have on everyone involved in a mentor match. Its stories like these that light a fire in our hearts to continue to make more and more matches. “We met our mentee about a year and a half ago and he has blessed our lives. It’s really hard to imagine life without him and Faithful Friends has given us the opportunity to be involved in his life.”

Don’t Miss Out On Community Meetings!

Community Meetings give us a chance to check in with our mentors and see how they are doing. In these meetings our mentors share their hearts and are able to swap ideas and information that they have learned throughout their mentoring journey. We have THE BEST mentors with incredible hearts! Hearing their experiences is such a treat! Here is a snapshot from last nights community meeting.

Doing Life Together

This match is celebrating their two year anniversary together. We are so thankful for mentors that make the commitment of being a faithful friend to a child. This mentee likes working on the property and taking care of her mentor’s horses. Sometimes mentoring is simply doing life together.

Go to Mexico & Make a Match

Gene and his mentee have been matched for over 2 years! Our mentee’s mom says he “loves his adventures with Gene. He doesn’t care what they are doing at this point. As long as he gets to hang out with Gene.” He once told Gene “I want to do this forever!”

Your support helps us make and support matches! Spend a luxurious week in MEXICO and the proceeds support life-shaping relationships like this!! With 18 months to travel there’s plenty of time to plan and enjoy!