What makes advocate Jack Kean an incredible volunteer is his tenacity and commitment to building relationships. Jack has been advocating for three young boys on his case, ages 9, 11 and 14, since May of 2019. The boys' mom struggles deeply with drug abuse, and the fathers of the boys are not in the picture. Jack knew that the three boys needed a reliable and steadfast adult in their lives.
Before the pandemic, Jack was diligent about making sure he saw each boy at least every other week. They played catch and read books, all at the boys' request. Jack's work goes beyond just reading and catch, though; he gets to know their teachers and counselors, going above and beyond to ensure all the boys' needs are completely met.
The two younger boys are about two grades behind due to all the turmoil they have experienced in their lives. When school was in session, Jack would often come to class (with the teacher's permission) and give special instructional sessions in math and reading to help them get caught up. He is genuinely invested in making a positive impact in every area of the boys' lives. Jack even chaperoned one of their school field trips!
Today, even with COVID-19 restrictions in place, Jack continues to remain connected to the boys through whatever means possible. And, has not missed a beat when it comes to virtual visits or adapting to advocating amidst the pandemic. Jack's advocacy coordinator, Amanda Quintero, says, "The boys love him and are so excited when he calls to check in on them."
"He is dedicated to getting the best for the boys," said Amanda, who described Jack as "compassionate, understanding and trustworthy." Jack's incredible commitment to the boys he is advocating for makes him a worthy recipient of our July "Volunteer of the Month" award. Thank you, Jack, for helping Houston's abused and neglected children have hope for a brighter future.
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