Testimonials

The Whole Community Benefits

Regardless of your involvement with The Pearl Group (participant, volunteer, sponsor, donor) you will benefit and feel strengthened and connected to others. Here’s what our community members are saying:

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“We have had the pleasure of being involved with the Pearl Mentoring Program for over 1 1/2 years. Our involvement with both our student and his mother has been such a joy. We enjoy our weekly meetings together and can see some definite improvements in his school work. His mother has also reported that his teachers see improvements with both behavior and academics.” — Mentor

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“We are already looking forward to partnering with our student as he changes schools and moves up to third grade. Who knew that spending an hour a week would make such a difference in both of their lives and ours!” — Mentor

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“My parents quietly provided food, shelter, rent money, and love to hundreds of people with various needs in my hometown community throughout their lives. I promised God I would give back to others when my family was grown as a means of serving Him & honoring my parents. In addition, the only legacies I want to leave my own daughters are serving God and caring for others. It is because of these reasons that I volunteer at Kid’s Hope. The child I mentor, and her family are the added blessings I receive. Weekly she brings to me a fresh perspective of a young life in a very complicated blended family. My appreciation for her mom’s struggles and decisions opens my narrowly focused life to the ‘real’ world folks around us are experiencing. Their struggles provide topics of prayer and ideas for campaigning for needs for her family. I am realistic and understand my influence will not change or alter her life. But God can. It is my job to supply the opportunity for Him to speak to her heart.” — Mentor

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“I enjoy serving the [Single Moms’ Group] dinners. The women are so appreciative about having home-cooked meals.” — Volunteer

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“I sort clothes at The Closet. The families who come are so thankful for the nice clothing.” — Volunteer

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“I’ve helped out with car repairs for the car clinic. The single parents are so grateful that we check out their cars and get them running again. I’m glad to use my skills.” — Volunteer

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“It makes me feel awesome knowing that I’m making a difference in the lives of these children, and at the same time, helping future generations.” — Volunteer

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“When I read the statistics of children being raised by a single parent, I just knew I had to do something. Now, I look forward to seeing how my gifts are impacting a life.” — Volunteer

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“This is the one place I go where I don’t feel like an outsider.” — Participant

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“I was nervous about meeting other middle school kids. But it’s fun. The coaches are nice. I’ve found some friends.” — Child

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“Before I joined this group, I considered myself a failure as a mother and wife. From the first time I attended, I realized that I wasn’t alone, and I wasn’t such a failure.” — Participant

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“It’s fun. We eat and play games.” — Child

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“I stayed away from this group because I thought it would be a bunch of women feeling sorry for themselves and complaining about their ex-husbands. When my friend finally dragged me there, I discovered a very encouraging and uplifting group.” — Participant

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“I like coming for the pizza.” — Child

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“I didn’t realize I’d have the opportunity to grow such a wonderful friendship with my student. It was so rewarding! It was a growing experience and a project in progress.” — Mentor

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“We laughed so much during our last few meetings. She also told me she was making more friends now and she was so much more positive.” — Mentor

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“The best part of the experience for me was the wonderful interactions with mom and child.” — Mentor

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“I noticed a significant improvement in reading from my assigned child.” — Mentor

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“My child’s behavior got better, grades are better at school and he loves his mentor.” — Mom

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“My child is more outgoing, likes to come to the group now.” — Mom

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“My child was at 1st grade level, now he got tested and he now is above 2nd grade level!” — Mom

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“My daughter has been able to open up to her mentor and has a relationship with me that has grown. It’s her special time that is needed.” — Mom

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“[Our mentor] has been the most amazing person that came into our lives. She ‘adopted’ our family and made Christmas the best ever. My daughter gained a great friend and mentor. We are blessed to have her.” — Mom

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“I think you are doing an ‘out of this world’ job with our kiddos.” — Mom

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