A MESSAGE FROM A MENTOR
How can I ever thank you for matching me with Terri…
Our first meeting was a bit awkward, Terri was nervous. It was like a blind date. During the conversation, we learned she made some collages in a contest at her group home. I asked her if I could make collages with her on my next visit. Ironically, I became passionate about making collages years ago. Terri enthusiastically said, yes. The next week I brought tons of old magazines given to me by a doctor’s office. We spent the entire evening tearing pictures from the magazines. This week we made our first collages. When I asked what she would like to do next week, she said, “Collages!”
This art project has been an incredible bridge for us. In just a couple of meetings I have grown to know Terri and love her like I never imagined, over this shared passion.
We now have approval to leave her group home on visits, but we usually go to dinner after spending two to three hours, cutting, gluing, talking about what we see in the pictures and our lives. We freely share pictures with one another and swap ideas. I know it is a welcomed respite for her, free of stress and concern from her circumstances.
Terri is an incredibly smart, capable young woman. God has truly blessed our friendship.