Become a Mentor
Christen Found Her Inspiration at Home
In 2005, Christen St. George, a Mentor with Massachusetts MENTOR, followed her mother’s path and became a foster parent. The mother of four young children, Christen knew what to do without hesitation.
Her mother, Dee Doane, was a foster parent for more than 30 years and Christen grew up with dozens of different foster children in her home. Christen learned to share not only her toys and other possessions. For most of her life she shared her mother and father, as well. She watched her mother counsel kids from all walks of life. To this day, Christen is in touch with many of them and is a part of their adult lives.
Upon opening her own home to foster children in 2005, Christen’s first placement was Katie, a then 13-year-old who came from a challenging background.
“It was almost a natural thing for Christen to step in and be a Mentor,” said Christian Grygent, program director at Massachusetts MENTOR. “She worked with Katie tirelessly. She included her on family vacations, the family Christmas card and treated her like one of her own children.”
With Christen’s persistence and encouragement, Katie graduated high school, went to the prom, and is now attending college. She is 22 years old and remains in the St. George household. Sadly, Christen’s mother, Dee, lost her courageous battle with cancer this past January. Christen received a 2013 Commitment to Caring Award in April at a ceremony dedicated to the memory of her mother.
“Throughout the last few months of her mother’s life, Christen cared for her mother day and night; remained the backbone of her family, and never once complained of life’s circumstances,” said Christian. “When I think of Dee and Christen, I am reminded of a quote from Forest E. Witcraft:
‘A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.‘”