Darlene believes it takes a village to raise a child. She has been raising her twin granddaughters since they were two years old and is finding that the community support surrounding these beautiful girls makes “all the difference in the world”.
A few years ago, Darlene was surprised to learn mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters was not limited to single parents or children with social challenges. Instead, she realized the door to possibilities was open for her granddaughters. With two mentors and numerous leaders from programs supported through United Way, Darlene felt more capable of raising strong, confident children.
Emmalee loves animals and dreams of being a veterinarian one day. Darlene has the opportunity to spend one on one time with her while Emmalee’s sister, Jaylen, is doing what she loves at Cadets. Each granddaughter is unique and has her own interests. Darlene is thrilled that Oxford County is a community that continues to strive to increase awareness of all the resources that are available for children, no matter their circumstances.
At one point, Darlene’s friends were concerned as to how she might manage raising two grandchildren. Today, Darlene wishes more people could know how rich her life is because of Emmalee and Jaylen and the support of the community that surrounds them.
Empowering children and youth is one of the most powerful ways to address the root causes of social challenges. Emma and Jaylen have experienced significant impact through the support of our community partners. We join Darlene in her desire to make the resources more readily known for everyone to allow kids to be all they can be.