STVCC Vounteer Highlight The Book Club Volunteers
Time, Talent and Treasure
The Book Club Volunteers
It’s been one year since four women started the Book Club for the teenage girls living at STVCC Children’s Home. Separately, they were each looking for a way to make a difference. When they saw the opportunity to help with both education and relationship building they stepped forward.
|From Left to Right: Stefeni Collar, Marie Brown, Kitty Mooney (not shown, Becky Dantonio).|
The women have developed a nurturing atmosphere where the girls can grow and share. “At Book Club, there are no differences here. There is a lot of comradery,” said Stefeni Collar. Although Book Club is a time for education, it is just as much a time for healing. Books such as “Anne Frank” and “The Women Who Raised Me” help both educate the girls and give them a forum to share their own past abuse and loss. “The bottom line is they are children and they have gone through a lot that most people can’t even imagine,” shared Kitty Mooney. “I just can’t imagine how anybody could not love these girls,” said Marie Brown.
They encourage the girls to read out loud to each other and be supportive of one another as they learn new vocabulary. The women shared that one of the girls who never read out loud is now one of the first to offer and is doing extremely well. They are overwhelmed by the girls’ extreme intelligence and they are honored to be a part of their lives. The women all feel they have gained an incredible amount of joy and knowledge from the girls.
Thank you Marie Brown, Stefeni Collar, Becky Dantonio and Kitty Mooney for your dedication to helping children transform their lives. We are blessed to have you as volunteers.
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