Hello, my name is Paige and I have the honor of being a buddy for Halo. I am in my third round of volunteering for Halo and still find each session to be a unique experience from the last time. Halo happened to fall into my lap by coincidence and I am so grateful it has. Working in Early Intervention with the State Department I find that I am often involved with foster children and foster families. Seeing how the child’s past trauma follows them to each new home they find themselves in is very hard. Halo has been a blessing seeing how a different approach to parenting changes behavior and overall outlook of the child and family interaction from week 1 to week 10. Don’t get me wrong, being a buddy can have its challenges but it pushes me to work harder every week so my little buddy feels loved, safe and is able to grow
I have been able to keep in touch with my second buddy J. J’s family talks about what a different kid J is for the better; less meltdowns and how J communicates more. It’s been over a year since working with J but every time we see each other we are both so excited and pick up right where we left off. J is always smiling, J is lovable, and J enjoys being loved as well. Knowing that I got to be a part of J’s change, even as small as 2 hours every week for 10 weeks is what makes me come back. Each child is diverse, has their own struggles they are overcoming and as a buddy watching them grow, learn and love is what inspires me the most. Cindy Lee not only changes the lives of these families, but she inspires everyone who is involved with Halo as well.
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