“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. 

Advocates can

  • 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. 

JOHN'S STORY

Like many advocates, John took interest through conversations over lunch. Hear what goes on in someone's mind when they make a decision to become a citizen advocate. You can see John and Keith in action if you watch our Do For One promo video found on our YouTube channel.