When real estate broker Geraldine Healy got involved with Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, she seized every opportunity to volunteer at fundraisers and events. She even joined Mercy Home’s board of professional women who improve our young people’s lives through education.
Still, she wanted more.
“I wanted to do as much as I possibly could,” she said. “So I looked on Mercy Home’s website and found the Friends First Mentoring Program.”
As an advocate for at-risk teens and young adults, Healy saw Friends First as a chance to impart direct action to her mission. After attending an info session, she was hooked.
“Working with teenage mentees is something I’m very passionate about,” she said. “We can give them new chances and opportunities in life they might not have on their own.”
Soon, she was matched with Ariel, her 10-year-old mentee. Both admitted to being nervous, but their honesty broke the ice. Now, they’re inseparable. Each week, they talk on the phone about books, past outings, and new destinations to explore.