After mentoring little nine-year-old Sarah for a year, Lindsey felt like she had failed. While other Club kids hugged their mentors and bubbled with excitement whenever they saw them, Sarah was quiet and withdrawn. Lindsey tried everything to connect with her, but nothing seemed to work. Like a lot of children who have been abused, Sarah seemed emotionally “frozen,” as if nothing was interesting or exciting.
For their last mentoring session of the year, Lindsey took Sarah out for dinner to see a Disney film. After the movie, the two rode home in silence. But when Sarah opened the car door to get out, she turned around and whispered to Lindsey, “This has been the best day … of my whole life.”