“Discovery is one of the wonderful benefits of friendship. What you don’t know before entering the relationship, you will discover as you go along.” - Joni Eareckson Tada
what you can do for 'one'
Advocates enter a person’s life to respond to that person's needs through an authentic and freely given relationship. A relationship can start with eagerness, excitement, and novelty. In time, that relationship deepens in trust and reciprocity.
- Share time with Initiates in activities and conversation
- Help their Initiate develop their talents and interests
- Assist in achieving a goal their Partner may have
- Bring their Partner into social, public, and community engagement
- Provide a sense of safety and belonging through moral support
Advocates will choose, along with their Partner, the personal investments, contents, and direction of the relationship. A growing number of relationships will have lasted a long time. However, some will be arranged for a specific, short-term purpose. Advocates will often benefit from such engagements as much as the person with disabilities.