I’ve been mentoring at Guest House for about a year and I’m also the Mentor Coordinator. Over the past year, I’ve met some really interesting, compassionate women—both as mentors and mentees. It’s really opened up my eyes and heart to the hardships that residents of Guest House have faced in their lives. And it’s also left me in awe in seeing how they’ve seized the opportunity to make a new start in the community, balancing so many things at once—jobs, housing, health issues and opening up to mentors and other volunteers and staff at Guest House. When I meet a new mentee, I’m never quite sure how the conversation will go, but I’ve found that if you’re honest and candid, it opens the door for a relationship to begin. That’s been very special to me—helping a friend in need. I’ve helped with resumes, looking for housing, giving fashion advice and just talking about families and our lives. And I’m always a little sad, when my mentee leaves Guest House and goes out on her own, but I’m also very happy when things falls into place. The women at Guest House are very special and they deserve the best that life can give them. I feel honored that I can play a part, even just a small one, to help them get back on their feet!