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Bob is a True Advocate for Children
Since 1982, the children of New Bedford, Massachusetts have had a tireless and tenacious advocate in Bob Costa. For the first 11 years of his career Bob worked for St. Vincent’s, a former orphanage in Fall River. He joined Massachusetts MENTOR in 1993 as a Clinical Coordinator. Today, as a Coordinator Supervisor, it is clear that Bob is driven by a resolve to do right by the children he supports.
Teri Berry, who worked with Bob at St. Vincent’s and recruited him to come to Massachusetts MENTOR, now serves as the state’s Deputy State Director. Teri said of Bob, “Sometimes working in this field for so long people get burned out or cynical, but not Bob. He’s gone in the opposite direction, becoming more and more of an advocate for the kids. His passion for what he does has only gotten stronger over time.”
When the opportunity to send kids from Massachusetts MENTOR to camp in Kentucky arose, Bob sprung into action – he secured scholarships and approval paperwork, screened all the camp referrals, and communicated travel plans to the appropriate offices and Mentor families. Even when he met with concern from management around liability, he was undeterred. “If we can’t make this happen for our kids,” he asked, “then why are we in this business?”
Thanks to Bob’s energy and commitment, 18 kids from the New Bedford, Hyannis and Boston programs traveled to Kentucky for summer camp during the summers of 2008 and 2009. This new tradition has been a tremendous success.
“Bob’s drive comes from seeing the benefits associated with doing phenomenal social work,” added Mi-Haita Almeida, Program Manager and Bob’s nominator. “The staff that Bob supervises rave about his ability to hold them accountable while also supporting them to reach their personal and professional goals.”