Last year, when siblings Diane and Donald were placed with California MENTOR, they suffered from serious neglect and delays in socialization. Soon, however, they moved into the home of Sheryll and Angel Francisco—today, with the Franciscos’ help, both Diane and Donald are active community participants. Donald performs music publicly and sells his art at shows; Diane helps with household chores, initiates conversations, and tells Angel and Sheryll, “I love you!” The Franciscos have made sure that Diane and Donald are doing things they haven’t had the opportunity to do before: trips to Disneyland, outings to museums, camping. Most importantly, they have a stable and healthy home life.
Watch Angel and Sheryll accept their 2010 Ripple of Hope Award and be honored alongside their fellow winners at the Children’s Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.