It is not surprising that after a thirty-year career in county social services, award winner Faye Stanley felt she needed a change. After volunteering for several different agencies, Faye found the fresh start she was looking for as a mentor coordinator for children and teens in therapeutic foster care. Faye’s knowledge and extensive experience have been invaluable in providing excellent foster care, but coworkers feel her true gift comes from within. As one Mentor put it, “She listens so well to what we don’t even say. She understands the children’s needs, and our needs—even when we can’t communicate them ourselves.” Faye is often the first choice of social workers making referrals, and she has played an integral role in growing her program in the last several years from serving 18 kids to almost 65. Although she has been offered several promotions, Faye has politely turned them down. She wants to continue doing what she loves, and what she does best.
The 2006 Ripple of Hope Awards winners were honored on November 13th, 2006 at the John Joseph Moakely United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.