Once a week, Jordan meets with Tom Gilardi, Vice President of Youth Programs at Mercy Home. Pongo, whom Jordan refers to as his “Mercy-Thor”, tags along as well. The three of them usually spend their time in Mercy Home’s indoor soccer building or strolling the West Loop neighborhood. In tossing around a ball, Jordan and Pongo have developed a bond with one another.
“Me and Pongo have a good relationship,” Jordan explained. “Because every time I throw the ball he always comes to me and gives it to me.”
Though Pongo provides great companionship and a little bit of exercise for our kids, his role is so much more than that.
“It starts out with Pongo and throwing the ball to him or rolling around with him,” said Gilardi. “But what he really ends up doing is he facilitates our relationship, so we can begin to talk about things.”