Open House May 7th

Be sure to join The Blue Ribbon Project on Sunday May 7th for our first annual Open House!  We'll have over 40 organizations and businesses that will be joining in. We'll have everything from great food to police K-9 demonstrations. For more information, please check out the --EVENT PAGE--

My Social Worker and My Friend

I was 16 years old the last time I went into foster care, and I was again assigned to a new caseworker. I remember liking her immediately because she spoke to me like an adult.

SocialWorker Friend-lgWe always had a good relationship. She would visit me often at school, at events, and at home, and she sent me birthday and holiday cards. Most importantly, though, she gave me good advice. I was always grateful for her but didn't fully understand just how amazing she was until I aged out of care.

It's now been 5 years since I was in foster care, and my social worker and I are still in touch. She still visits me, still sends me cards for every holiday you can think of, and still gives good advice–whether I ask for it or not. She even drove 5 hours to come to my graduation from graduate school. When she continued to do all of these things even though I wasn't in foster care anymore, I realized that she was doing them because she wanted to, not just because it was her job. At that point, I considered her my friend in addition to what she had always been, a mentor. I feel confident that we will not only maintain this relationship, but that it will continue to grow into something I value more and more over time.


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