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A Big Brother Answers Grandma’s Prayer PDF Print Email
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:00

What hope does a 9-year-old boy have, who dreams of growing up getting a gun and killing the men that hurt him? A boy who knew no father and mother left him after years of exposing him to domestic violence. Not many adults could handle that stress spread out through their entire lifetime.

Jordan’s grandmother Lucie faced a harsh truth, continuing on the course he was headed he might be headed to a future that no one dreams of for someone they love. And Lucie, loves Jordan – that is why on her fixed income at 66, caring for a disabled spouse she fought for permanent custody of Jordan and his sister.

Charlotte Anychild  with Children's AllianceAt 30 somedays I am gasping after caring for my children, how about starting again in my 60’s? But Lucie was going to do right for Jordan and his sister. She knew that they had witnessed a world where many adults were not something to aspire to be.Charlotte Anychild -  Big Brothers Big Sisters - the childrens alliance

At work a co-worker mentioned that her children had mentors and Lucie knew this is what her grandchildren needed. She wasted no time calling Big Brothers Big Sisters to qualify her grandchildren. Her granddaughter Mikayla was matched quickly because there is less of a wait for Big Sisters, however there is a long waiting list for Big Brothers.

Lucie had really wanted Jordan to be matched with a black man, it seemed important for him to see there were many positive black role models. As they waited she could see that once again Jordan felt like an outcast. During the year it took Jordan to be matched, Lucie learned the waiting list for black men is the longest. Lucie prayed and prayed that God would match Jordan with the “right” person.
Three months after Travis entered their lives, Lucie will tell you with tears in her eyes, “my prayers were answered.”

The day Jordan met Travis he ran down the stairs into his arms yelling, “This is my big brother!” Travis’s influence can be felt throughout their family. Jordan is a much better student and homework time is no longer a battle because he wants to make Travis proud. He even cleans his room.

Travis is a state trooper and Jordan now tells his grandmother how he wants to grow up to protect people.

Lucie said that she is so inspired by the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters she wishes she could become a Big Sister. “I thank God for sending Travis. He is in our family forever. I finally have a clear picture of my grandson’s future and I know it won’t be in prison.”

Big Brothers Big  Sisters Game Day at the Charlotte office.Big Brother / Big Sister of Greater Charlotte

There are currently 850 active Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) matches in Charlotte. There are 350 children in Charlotte who are waiting to be matched.

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More than 80 percent of the children currently waiting for mentors through BBBS are boys, but only three out of 10 interested volunteers are male. There is ALWAYS a need for more Big Brothers and the biggest need is men of color 81% of former Littles surveyed agree their Big gave them hope & changed their perspective of what they thought possible.

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