Mentors Carolyn and Larry Walsh have helped change the lives of children and families supported by Pennsylvania MENTOR since they opened their hearts and home in 2010. Throughout their more than five years of dedicated service, they have achieved extraordinary success reunifying families and have been exemplary facilitators of the shared parenting model. Children come to the Walsh home with diverse backgrounds. They are all considered high risk and all struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges that can make daily tasks such as doing homework or bathing intense acts requiring extensive guidance. The Walshes get to know each child as an individual and help them see the positive side to themselves. Children in the Walsh home are treated as part of the family.
“In every case Carolyn and Larry have taken on, there has been a heavy focus on biological family involvement with a goal to repair broken bonds and strengthen family dynamics,” said Chris Washko, a clinical trainer at Pennsylvania MENTOR and the Walshes’ nominator. “They not only make families feel welcome in their home, they make them feel like they are part of the team. They encourage and support each family member each step of the way.”