Big brother mentoringThe Transformative Power of Mentoring: Chaim’s Story


In the heart of every family lies a web of interconnected lives, each thread woven with care and concern. Yet, for Mrs. Weiss and her several young children, this intricate tapestry was frayed and tattered, caught in the turbulence of life’s storms.

When Mrs. Weiss reached out to EPIC Family, her world was clouded with despair. Due to her husband’s illness, he was unable to provide for the physical or emotional needs of the family, leaving her to navigate the turbulent waters of parenthood alone. Amidst the chaos, her oldest son, Chaim, bore the weight of their family’s struggles most heavily.

At just eleven years old, Chaim’s demeanor mirrored the turmoil within their home. His academic performance waned, his behavior faltered, and his once vibrant spirit dimmed. Clearly, he needed guidance, support, and, perhaps most importantly, someone to confide in.

Enter Chaim’s mentor—a beacon of light in his darkest hours. At first, their relationship was tentative, marked by Chaim’s skepticism and guardedness. Yet, his mentor broke through the barriers with patience, unwavering dedication, and guidance from EPIC Family’s social workers. His mentor offered a safe space for Chaim to express his fears, frustrations, and unmet needs.

Through their bond, Chaim found solace in knowing that he was not alone—that someone cared deeply for his well-being and believed in his potential. With his mentor’s guidance, Chaim began reclaiming his sense of purpose and direction. Together, they embarked on a journey of growth, learning, and self-discovery.

Once Chaim trusted the relationship, he began to express his frustration about not having a father with whom to learn or play backgammon. He felt like nothing really meant anything if his father couldn’t rejoice in his accomplishments. Chaim’s mentor validated his feelings, which was the first step in making a change. He then offered him the support he felt he lacked academically and emotionall

For two years, Chaim’s mentor became more than just a guiding figure—he became a pillar of strength and support. Together, they prepared for Chaim’s bar mitzvah, delved into the depths of Mishnayos, and, most importantly, cultivated a sense of belonging and connection.

Today, as Chaim’s father battles illness in the hospital, Chaim continues to thrive, buoyed by the unwavering support of his mentor. Though the road ahead may be fraught with challenges, Chaim walks confidently, knowing he has a friend and mentor by his side every step of the way.

Chaim’s story is a testament to the transformative power of mentoring—a crucial lifeline for those navigating life’s storms. Through EPIC Family’s mentoring program, families like the Weisses are empowered with the tools, support, and guidance they need to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and hope for a brighter tomorrow.