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Mentor Stories: Dorothy & Pablo

Posted on January 22, 2018

"Pablo and I have built a lasting friendship."

Dorothy first met Pablo in 2013 while tutoring at our after-care school program. At that time, he and his mom and two brothers were living at MiraclePlace® on our Tampa campus is our UpliftU® Self-Sufficiency program. In the spring of 2015, we partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters for our mentorship program. Dorothy and Pablo were officially matched that July and they've been meeting ever since!

"It is a truly rewarding experience. Pablo is kind, intelligent, and makes me laugh" Dorothy says.

Dorothy was encouraged to select activities that could allow her and Pablo to share something in common and learn more about each other.

"He enjoys outdoor activities. I shared with him my love of tennis and reading, and he fell in love with both. He is getting really good at tennis and currently is double his reading goal at school."

Our volunteers come from all walks of life. And they all have one main thing in common: the desire to make a difference in the life of a child.

"If you have a couple of hours every week please consider becoming a Big Brother/Big Sister. It will be life-changing for a young person and yourself. Pablo and I have built a lasting friendship.”


Do you want to be a mentor to a child like Pablo? We are looking for working professionals who are seeking meaningful interaction with homeless and at-risk children through Metropolitan Ministries.

Metropolitan Ministries has two mentoring opportunities available to you: 

1. The Metropolitan Ministries Mentoring Program, administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters

2. Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School Reading Mentor Program

Children in Tampa Bay who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless need positive academic, social and emotional support. Through mentoring, you can be hope to a child and help make the most of his or her potential by offering encouragement and a connection.

Ready to get started? Contact Christina Mitchell at volunteer@metromin.org or call 813.209.1045.

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