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Children Waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister

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 Sister to Jenny, please contact Patty Neuhoff at 616-284-5864 or by email at pneuhoff@dabsj.org.


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.


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.