Please consider the gift of mentoring

By Bob Page and Suzanne Hamilton

Dear Editor:

As the holidays approach I'm reminded that, as our parents taught us, it's time to think about giving. I have been involved with the Partners organization for 20 years. When I began mentoring, I hoped to make a difference in the life of a child. What I have learned since is that the child would make a big difference in my life and that of my family. I'm a better person and our family has been enriched because of the relationships we've had with our Junior Partners.

I was with my last Junior Partner for five years. Our relationship didn't end when he reached 16. We continued being a part of his family's life, and he ours. He is now in the Army and we still talk regularly. My current Junior Partner is nine years old. He's a great kid. Due to the generosity of several people, with another Junior Partner he was recently able to take his first small plane ride. The grin on his face made my heart soar along with him.

As you consider the gifts you give this season, please consider giving and receiving the gift of being a Senior Partner. The mentoring program asks you for only an average of three hours a week. Even though Partners sponsors many fun activities, including your Partner in your family's activities is just as valuable. Partners has many good boys and girls waiting for the right mentor. For more information call Partners in Delta, 970-874-4661, or Montrose, 970-249-1116, or Grand Junction, 970-245-5555. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bob Page and
Suzanne Hamilton