The reality is that life for most of the kids from our community involves abandonment on many levels. Chaos, lack of stability, and absence of fathers and positive role models in the community create a very tough environment for our youth to grow up in. Our mentoring initiative pairs up caring Christians from the Montgomery community with the kids of our neighborhood. The mentors and kids are matched when the kids enter into 4th grade and the commitment carries on through the high school graduation of the youth. This is obviously a HUGE commitment on the mentor's part! We make no apologies for this as these types of commitments are vital in supporting the kids and their families of our community. These relationships are not meant to go around, or replace parents and families, but rather as a partner and support to them. As one mother has stated, "It is amazing to know that someone else out there is rooting for my child!"
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