At first, Diane Speranza was afraid to volunteer as a mentor for a New Beginnings resident. Sure, she’d volunteered for 3 years in the thrift store, but she wasn’t sure she had what it takes to mentor someone.
Every person in New Beginnings homeless rehabilitation program gets assigned a volunteer mentor from the community.
“My biggest fear,” Diane says, “was that I was supposed to be counseling in some way.”
Then she learned that each resident meets with a case manager on staff to set goals and a licensed mental health counselor on staff to receive professional help.
The Real Job of a Mentor
Diane was relieved that she didn’t have to offer either of those things. “I’m just a friend she can talk to,” Diane says. “We have a lot in common: Living up north, being an E.R. nurse. She has an incredible story.”
Colleen met Diane volunteering alongside her in the thrift store and requested her as a mentor. Diane has encouraged Colleen with the steps necessary to return to a nursing career.
“I was intimidated at first because she’s so put together,” says Colleen. “She’s a great Christian; doesn’t judge; non-assuming. She’s a total inspiration. She’s what I aspire to be.”
Apply here to be a volunteer mentor! We need both friends like Diane and financial mentors as well.