September 26, 2015 Children, Sailing, York River

Success Story Sailing

Janet is a retired social worker whose career was spent inside New York City Public Schools. While sailing with her friend Mary on the York River, she recalled a success story.

“I had a particularly difficult case of a boy whose mother was dying of AIDS, and he was devastated. We put him in foster care but his foster mother was dreadful. We finally got him adopted, and when he left our school I created a little photo album with pictures of his teachers and friends. On the last page I added my cell phone number in case he needed help. Low and behold, 12 years later he called me to tell me he was all right, and thanked me.”

Phyllis Glass of Columbia, PA, was sailing with us with her husband Gary. She recalled a harrowing counterpoint. “Our daughter-in-law is a parole officer for juveniles in Lancaster. They had to move her from an office in the courthouse to the school so she could be closer to the parolees. She wears a bulletproof vest.”

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