My name is Djenom. My family and I have volunteered with the Model
Family Mentorship Program as a host family for two years now. I feel that
the mentoring program is just what communities need to help families
become stronger and give moral support to families struggling with
divorce, single parent homes, and just meeting childrens needs.
I became acquainted with the program when its founder approached the
Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington to recruit volunteers to
serve as host family volunteers for the program. I had been a member of
the association for the past two years, and have had the opportunity of
showing my commitment to the community through registering voters,
attending community meetings, and raising scholarship money for minority
youth. Being a police officer allows me to interact with the community on
a daily basis.
I enjoy people and try to spend as much time as I can being
active in good causes in the community. The association organized and
offered our commitment to Model Families. I was matched with a recently
separated mother with the monumental task of raising three boys. I understood
first hand that being a single parent and raising two children of my own could
be both rewarding but has many challenges. I wanted to give moral support to
someone in a similar position and possibly help them get through the challenges
I had already overcome. Throughout the last two years our extended family
relationship with our mentor family has grown into something very
My children and I look forward to the planned activities with our
mentor family and feel we have been an asset in making a transition
through some of their tough times.
As I reflect on what keeps my family strong, my first commitment
is to my two beautiful children (ages 7-5). My oldest is busy doing
ballet and showing her ability to count to infinity while my youngest
likes to cuddle and play Cars with mommy. Although I stay busy with the
police force and community activities, I realize my childrens needs to
interact with me daily on a one on one level. These along with my
spiritual commitments have helped me to hold it all together!
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