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Children Waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister

Jenny is a 6 year old African American female.  She lives with her mom and three siblings near Eastern and 60th St. Jenny enjoys going places, playing games, being outdoors, and looking at books. Jenny also loves to laugh and joke around. Jenny is well-behaved yet she needs a friendly and reliable Big Sister to provide her with encouragement and to give her individual attention.

If you are interested in becoming a Big Sister to Jenny, please contact Mallory West at (616) 284-5864 or by email at

Tony is a polite and smart 7 year old African American male. He lives with his single mother and three siblings on the SE side of Grand Rapids. Tony enjoys Cub Scouts, being outdoors, video games, basketball, and other games such as hide & seek. Tony would like to spend time with an outgoing and active Big Brother. He would benefit from a Big Brother who would be a positive male role model and who could teach him some new skills and expand his experiences and interests.

If you are interested in becoming a Big Brother to Tony, please contact Mallory West at (616) 284-5864 or by email at

Daniel is a soon to be 7 year old African American male who lives in the Kentwood area. Daniel lives with his mom, younger brother and older brother who is matched in the program.  Daniel would like his own Big Brother to spend time with.  Daniel enjoys being active, and he would like to have fun playing sports.  Daniel especially likes soccer.  Daniel struggles some with school, and a patient Big Brother who can help guide him in the right direction with encouraging school and supporting appropriate behavior at school would be much appreciated by his mom.  Daniel longs for a male figure in his life with whom he can have male interests and have fun.

If you would like to become Daniel’s Big Brother, please contact Tracy Straw at 616.774.4616. or to email her, click here.

Alex is a 7 year old African American boy residing with his mother and two older sisters on the NE side of town. Alex needs a Big Brother who can encourage him in his academics and relate to his social and emotional delays. He really enjoys one on one attention and is in need of a male role model that can provide structure, patience, consistency, and positive redirection while having fun and allowing him to enhance in his social skills. Alex enjoys cars, trucks, games and playing sports.  

If you are a patient, laid back and energetic person and has an interest in becoming a Big Brother to Alex, please contact Dawn Anderson at (616) 774-4625 or email

Gavin is a Caucasian, soon to be 6y/o, residing with his aunt on the NE side of town.  Gavin needs a caring Big Brother who can be active with him and help him learn to manage his emotions. Gavin needs help with some developmental delays that relate to his social/emotional well being. Gavin thrives on one on one adult attention. A Big Brother who can provide patient, consistent redirection for Gavin to help him build appropriate social skills while having fun together would be ideal.

A patient Big Brother who would like to spend time with Gavin should contact Tracy Straw at 616.774.4616 or to email her, click here.

Albert is a friendly eleven year old who is attending a Grand Rapids Middle School in the 6th grade.  Albert has specific needs related to his Asperger’s diagnosis.  Albert could benefit from a caring Big Brother in the school setting who is able to help him develop socially and emotionally through a positive influence and role modeling.  Albert could also benefit from academic encouragement/tutoring in areas such as math where he struggles due to his cognitive impairments.   The Family Support Services Program of D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s is currently working with Albert and his family, and they could help provide an orientation to Albert and his special education needs in order to help the match get off to a good start.  

If you are a patient Big Brother open to working with a child with special education needs for about an hour in the school setting at his Middle School, please contact Rosemary Tymes at 774-0879 or by email at