At JBBBS, we think friendship is sweet. This (new) year, make a friend. Have some fun. Do some good. Volunteers in our Friend 2 Friend Community Program are matched, one-to-one, to an adult who has mild to moderate disabilities. Matches catch up once or twice a month, on their own time, to share hobbies and participate in activities they mutually enjoy – from lunch dates to pottery-painting, from art museums to athletics. Right now, real people – people like Dale – are waiting on a great match. You? Someone you know?
Dale is 54. He’s lived in metro Boston (currently Brookline) for over half his life. He lives independently, teaches ESL and is regularly enrolled in a couple of classes at the Harvard Extension School. He’s an intellectual.
He’s into music (an accomplished pianist!) and hitting the gym. And, by his own admission, he’s “a real sports lover.”
Dale has been diagnosed with mental illness. He notes that he’s “kind of shy,” but warms up quickly. He keeps friends – but making them has proved the tough part. So he’s turned to Friend 2 Friend for support.
His ideal Friend: A young volunteer (20s or 30s) who shares his interests.