Kinship of Minneapolis is a faith-based mentoring program which matches children, ages 5-15 in need of additional support, with individuals, couples or families in hopes of building a loving, trusting friendship. Pastor Bob Nervig, one of the Kinship founders and new member of Westwood, stated “Westwood has led the way with a whole new approach to community mentoring: churches partnering with local public schools. Because of that, other churches are following this lead in their communities."
Kinship is now celebrating its 50th year of mentoring children. Over these past 50 years Kinship has brought together more than 1,160 children and caring adult friends. Currently there are 266 children matched with Kinship friends. Despite this success there are still over 100 children on Kinship’s waiting list. One of Westwood’s Kinship mentors wrote: “We have an agreement to be with him for three hours a week for the next year but we expect our relationship to grow and to be his friend for life.” If you would like to find out more about Kinship or about becoming a Kinship friend call 612-588-4655 or visit their website: www.kinship.org.