I first met Tim when I volunteered at Second Saturday to hang out with some boys from the Southeast Whitehouse in 2010.
I first met Tim when I volunteered at Second Saturday to hang out with some boys from the Southeast Whitehouse in 2010. It was raining so we went to the Postal Museum and I was paired up with Tim. At the end of the day, I bought him lunch at Union Station and he said that he wanted a mentor and I replied that I could be his mentor. That began quite an adventure with a lot of ups and downs along the way. The worst day for me was in 2012, when I found out that Tim had been arrested for armed robbery. I went to the trial and sentencing and saw that Tim was very angry and was no longer the kind and intelligent kid that I had known. He was found guilty and was sent to a juvenile facility. Yet through the difficult circumstances I was reminded of Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Sure enough God was with Tim in that juvenile facility and that anger had been replaced by gratitude. I received a letter from Tim near the end of his stay thanking me and other mentors for being at his trial and for all we have done for him. Tim was eventually released and came home. He was changed and told me that he wanted to keep his head down, stay out of trouble and get a job so he could support his family. He has since graduated high school using many of the credits from his time in Pennsylvania and is now pursuing a career in construction.