The Little Black Dress Party and Children’s Art Exhibit
Last week we held an event in Downtown Bend celebrating our children and the art they have created over the past year.
As Friend/mentor Joe reflected on the evening, he was most excited to
talk about some local teachers who joined us for the event. It deeply
touched Joe that those who play such an important part in our youth’s
community believe in the work we are doing enough to come out and
One teacher, in particular, used to teach Seamus, one of Joe's youth and asked Joe how he’s doing at his new school. Joe spoke about how
Seamus has grown as much as any of his children in areas such as
connection, behavior and school work.
Joe was touched by how overjoyed Seamus’ teacher was to hear of his
growth. Even as they didn’t have an easy year together, it didn’t stop
the teacher’s excitement for Seamus.
We love the passion the Central Oregon community of teachers has
shown for Friends and our youth. Working side by side with us to change
the story for children facing the greatest obstacles. We’re deeply grateful for
all who came out to our fundraiser, and for the teachers whose influence
has a long-term impact on our children’s lives.
Grace and Amber
Two of our children, Grace and Amber, are very different, but they
get along great. On a recent group outing with Friend/mentor Sarah, the
three were headed to Grace’s house when Amber said, “Do you have a phone
The two exchanged phone numbers, and when Amber arrived at home, she
went straight for the landline–before she even had time to say goodbye
Sarah talked about how sweet it was to see Amber so excited to call
her friend, and said, “It’s amazing to see how much these kids love to
connect with each other.” Sarah laughed and cried as she recalled this
story and the relationship she has seen develop.
Helping youth build relationships with their peers, teachers, and
family members is a key part of the Friends of the Children model. A
focus on relationship building leads to trust and better attachment, which also inspires a growth mindset and resilience towards adverse
We are so excited for Amber and Grace for the friendship they are
building, and proud to be able to play a part in the development of
safe, kind relationships.