Earlier this summer, A Better Chance was on the hunt for host families.
The wonderful program brings students from underserved schools to Westport, to attend Staples and become part of our community.
But it was having a tough time attracting families to give the ABC scholars a weekend and vacation home away from their new home.
I posted a story/plea. Board member Nancy Yates describes what happened next:
We received many inquiries from interested families after your post. Some decided that hosting might not be for them after all. But many others were enthusiastic about helping out in whatever role we could offer them.
We’re now fully manned with both primary and alternate host families for each of our 8 scholars, as well as a cadre of substitute families eager for an opportunity to fill in as needed.
That’s good news. But this is even better:
The family who will serve as primary hosts for the new freshman whose lack of a host family prompted ABC’s request has a special connection with Ruben Guardado. He’s the former scholar whose photo was featured in the post.
Ruben was a mentor for their older son through a 4th grade book club 5 years ago. It was a very positive experience for Ruben and the young boy.
The son has just entered Staples. He’s now helping the ABC scholar acclimate to Westport.
Nancy says: “This is a perfect illustration of what you remark upon so often in your posts about ABC: The scholars give back to the Westport community, and make the town a better place.
“And now the town — which has shown it does indeed have a heart — is giving a hand up to a scholar who’s destined to repeat the cycle.”