Abby experienced a challenging home life, moving back and forth between her father’s house and a foster care family. The frequent transitions and sense of uncertainty made it difficult to figure out where she fit in, and it took a big toll on her self- esteem and confidence.
In 2017, Abby was matched with Carly. While Abby was timid at first, her relationship with Carly began to blossom as they discovered their mutual interests in the arts and being outdoors. The two of them spent time enjoying looking for rocks and sea glass at the beach, hiking local trails while painting rocks along the way, and volunteering for community activities like the Polar Plunge, Miss Amazing Beauty Pageant, and the Night to Shine Prom.
Carly has shown Abby that there is someone in her life that is trustworthy, follows through, and is there for her no matter what life brings. She has been a steady presence throughout the changes Abby has walked through and encourages Abby to look to her future. Abby has said “I’m so glad Big Brothers Big Sister matched us. We have many similarities and differences and we have a great connection. She is like a best friend and makes me laugh and makes me feel special. Because of our friendship, my future will be more adventurous and exciting. I have gained confidence and think I am growing into a strong young adult, more aware of the potential my life can have”.