When I was teenager I worked at a camp for children with disabilities and it’s something that’s stuck with me ever since. Those children taught me how great it feels to help others, something I do every day as Amy’s Mentor. Best of all, I find that as much as I provide to Amy, she gives just as much back. When I was matched with Amy I was also caring for my elderly mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease and had been living with me for five years. She passed away last April, which was very difficult for me, but I knew I had my responsibilities to Amy. She helped me though that trying time always managing to make me smile.
Amy is wonderful person to be around, but she has her challenging moments, too. When Amy first came to me she had a difficult time telling the truth. Together, we worked on that and now she is honest and growing more independent each day. She attends a day program and has learned how to use a computer. I’ve also enjoyed teaching her how to cook and clean.
Spending time with Amy is the highlight of my day. We play Frisbee together, and she loves swimming, bowling and feeding the ducks in the park. I’m very thankful to have her in my life. She’s happier than ever and I truly feel she’s a part of my family.
I really appreciate the excellent support I’ve received from Illinois MENTOR. They prepared me well for the ups and downs of being a Mentor. Anytime I need information or assistance they’re there for me, any time of day or night. I love this work and I would do it regardless, but the opportunity to earn money from home for rewarding work with the support of Illinois MENTOR makes it that much better.