The mentor program is designed to provide a child with a special friend aside from family or staff. We hope that each mentor will enhance the life of a child by establishing a close personal relationship and by providing opportunities the child may not otherwise receive. The program is meant to augment and support the daily care program of Children’s Home. The program is also an opportunity for a volunteer to enrich his or her own life by sharing with a child.
While the child is in the company of a mentor, the mentor will be responsible for the general care and supervision of the child. It is the desire of the staff of Children’s Home of Lubbock that the mentor will become an integral part of the child’s life and the child care team.
Children eligible for the mentor program range from ages 5 to 18 years old. They must be adjusted to the routine of cottage life and be secure enough to succeed in a mentor’s home. These children come from all social, financial and ethnic backgrounds. Some of the children are placed by their families, who for various reasons are unable to care for the basic needs of their child.
Some of the children are placed by the Children’s Protective Services or Juvenile Probation Office. Typically, these children have experienced abuse in one form or another.
Each one of these children, no matter what the reasons are for placement, has the same thing in common: a need for healthy relationships. Most of these children have a desire for adult guidance, companionship and unconditional love.