Rain & Elissa
Sister Elissa and her Little Sister Rain have been matched for so long they say
they’ve done just about every activity in the Austin area.
first they went to parks so Rain could ride her bike. Then their outings
shifted to going to the mall and doing “cooler” things. Then things changed
again to their current pattern of going to dinner and talking for hours. “I’ve
seen the relationship evolve from Rain being a little girl to growing into this
young woman who is now my peer,” said Elissa.
lives with her grandmother. When she was first matched with Elissa she was very
shy and was having trouble with a few classes in school. But just as their outings
evolved, so did their relationship and its impact. “Rain became more outgoing
and more willing to reach out to me when she had a problem,” said Elissa. “I’ve
seen a level of maturity in her that wasn’t there in the early years.”
matched has provided Rain with a sense of security that has allowed her to set
goals for the future, goals she’s been working towards for several years as her
schoolwork has improved. She now plans to attend a junior college in Texas to
focus on academics while pursuing her passion, which is studying dance. She
then intends to transfer to an out-of-state college to finish her degree.
always tells me that our match is very important to her,” said Elissa. “She’s
grateful and thankful to me for providing the consistency and support that have
allowed her to dream and to grow.”
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