Family of Friends Mentoring 2019 Annual report

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From the Director

The impact of mentoring for youth, families and our volunteers is what drives us to do this work. This year we interviewed more than 20 parents to learn about how kids were changing as a result of mentoring and to keep us centered in the voices of our participants. What we heard blew us away. In these pages, we’re humbled to share a tiny sprinkle of the confidence, spark and pathways to exploration and learning that are happening for our young people. This is why we’re here.

We thank you for your engagement in this work. Please help us continue to lift up the voices of our incredible kids and their families. Bring your talents, resources, and generous heart to the table, and together we will build a brighter future for our neighborhoods and families!

-Michelle Kosta, Executive Director

Sean, age 9, with mentors JP and Heidi
“Sean’s mentors bolster me up, too. They’re on my side and Sean’s side. They respect my position as a parent. They’re supportive of both of us.” –Julie, mother of Sean, mentee
“My mentor helps me come out of my cocoon. We balance each other out. We help each other find the meanings of things. Mentors go through things with you, and they don’t want you to be alone while you’re going through it.” –Yaslene, mentee, pictured with mentor Grace
“Being a mentor is a gift, being part of the community in this way, getting to know my mentee in this way is a complete gift.” –Suzanne, mentor, pictured with Yajahira, age 10.
Jennifer, age 7, with mentor Delia
“I am motivated and committed to supporting the Latino community and becoming a mentor gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact in the life of a Latina student. It has also opened the door for me to share time with Jennifer’s family. They have been very welcoming!” – Delia, mentor

Tremendous thanks to all our donors and supporters!


City of Gresham, Gresham Lilac Run, Meyer Memorial Trust, Multnomah County, Oregon Department of Education


B.P. Lester & Regina John Foundation, Chino Cienega Foundation, Gresham Police Officers Association, Henry L. Hillman, Jr. Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, John Kosta, On Semiconductor, Powell Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care, The Portland Clinic, Ken & Marta Thrasher


Columbia Bank, Debra & Jim Dunn, First Book Portland, Lyndsey & Jerry Houser, Jackson Foundation, Catherine Kosta, Michelle Kosta, Jeanie & Tom Peterson, Kathleen and David Ris, Ashlee Rudolph, Cloy & Sandra Swartzendruber, Unitus Community Credit Union

$100 – $500

Samantha Amato, Cathleen Anderson, Anonymous, Casimus Bagimus, Bank of the West, Brian Beinlich, Shane Bemis, Debbie Benson, Christy Brewster Kinsey, Eldon Brown, Carol Dennison, Dave Dyk, Karylinn Echols, Jonathan Eibl, Lisa Elwood, Amanda Garcia, Janine Gladfelter, Shelby Gould, Gracie Technics Jiu Jitsu Academy, Teresa Hall, Kathleen Hart, Matt Huiskamp, Alyson Huntting, Kona Ice of North Clackamas, Kathy Kralj, Stefanie Krupp, Anna Kurnizki, Renee McKechnie, Sarah Nance, Network for Good, Oregon Zoo, Ponzi Vineyards, Christina Price, Smithfield Foods, Gregory Stout, The CarMax Foundation, Beth Thompson, Suzanne Tiddy, Trillium Family Services, Kayla Truong, Marguerite Truttman, Umpqua Bank Rockwood, Joe Walsh, Martha Webb Pearce, Asia and Remy Wisecarver, Barbara Wold, Karen Johannes & Bob Baughman

Under $100

Sharon Alexander, Al’s Garden and Home, Amazon Smile, Justin Antioquia, Rosalind Babener, Becky Bennett, Christine Bianco, Polly Bisquera, Camille Bohmer, Meghan Borato, Jalisa Bullock, Jadine Cabrera, Juan Caez, Deacon Mike Caldwell, Tj Caldwell, Debbie Cassettari, S. Cosner, Ruth Coombs Flaherty, Stacey Cortez, Craft Warehouse, Jean Crawford, Sandra Boggs & Dave Feldman, Leslee Dirk, April Doll, Lorraine Donaldson, Valerie Duty, Kate Eakman, Marsha Elam, Mark Fries, Linda Glisson, Chelsea Gokcay, Benna Gottfried, Richard Greensted, Gresham Japanese Garden, June Halliday, Lacie Harms, DeGay Harris, Healing Treasures Massage, Tom Heckenberg, Darryl Huff, Sue Hughes, Matthew Hushbeck, J.J. Idt, Tonya James, Joe Jankowski, Deena Jensen, Leslie Johnson, Grace Judd, Kristina Kifyak, Marc Koster, William Kurnizki, K’Lynn Larson, Anthony Lebron, Daniel Leong, Haley Lewis, Greg Lewis, Roger Lillard, Joel Maag, Kim Mcferon, Sarah Mendelson, Alicia Morris, Sue Ohaleren, Lindsay Patrick, Michael Patrick, Sue Piazza-Patrick, Rep. Carla Piluso, Lacy Price, Molly Rahe, Colin Rath, Jane Roe, Sarah Royal, Kelly Schlegel, Diana Schultz, Sarah Shaw Dixon, Annie Shepard, Sukhparspreet Sidhu, Keely Simonson, Megan Smith, Jodi Smoke, Michele Snyder, Lori Stegmann, Bob & Sam Steiner, Swirl Cheesecakes, Rosie Tamayo, Jessica Thompson, Ron Tjaden, Candi Tompkins, Paul Trakarn, Barbara Virgilio, Tracy Vogeltanz, Arlee Webb, Jolene Weber, Shelley Wright, Barbara Yungeberg

Board of Directors

Alicia Morris, Treasurer • Jadine Cabrera • Joe Walsh, Chair • Juan Muros • La Shawn Chaney • Marguerite Truttman, Secretary • Michael Gonzales • Nali Thanasouk • Renee McKechnie • Sarah Nance • Sarah Shaw Dixon

Finances and donor list reflect fiscal year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. We value listing our donors correctly. If you find a mistake or omission, we want to know! Email mkosta@family-of-friends.org

2019 Annual Report


City of Gresham