“Shane is a people pleaser,” says Jason Weston who, along with his wife Missy, are Shane's Senior Partners. “When we first met he was pretty quiet, and we knew it would take time and effort on our side to bring him out."
“As a board member,” explains Jason, “I knew statistically what impact that Partnerships have on a kid's life, but not the subjective impact that Partnerships have on both the Junior and Senior Partner. I went into this knowing that I would touch a life, what I didn't know is that the life being touched would also be mine. To hear Shane say “Thank you” as I drop him off at home means the world to me because I know, whether he says it or not, that I've provided him with an opportunity to be a kid, to get away, to leave his daily worries behind. And, for those few hours, I too have had the opportunity to be a kid, to get away, and to leave my daily worries behind.”
“Meeting Shane has been a fun experience,” exclaims Missy. “One thing that I have learned from Shane is patience. When I've had a bad day and drive to meet up with Shane, it is easy to forget about my troubles and focus just on him….I know I'm lucky to be a part of his life. Partners matching process is exceptional. They succeed at getting the personalities, interests – all of it right. It's amazing!”
From Shane's perspective, having Missy and Jason in his life has been terrific. “I'm 13,” says Shane, “and they made me important to someone outside of family. That is a super good feeling. They've taught me how to become a more social person, to do more right things than wrong, and they make me feel important outside of my home.”
“As a Senior Partner,” explains Jason, “you may not know what impact you are going to have, or why you are doing it. As time goes on, it starts to show itself. Then you recognize the impact you are having on each others? lives. It will change your life and the future for a kid.”