Passport to the Future, Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Antlers
Karla Luginbill, the director of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), has been matched for two years to Bailey, who is now a college freshman at Tulsa Community College.
Luginbill shared in the excitement of Bailey’s senior year: shopping for prom dresses; making prom preparations; making college visits and applying for scholarships; and attending sporting events, award ceremonies and graduation.
“She was so important in Bailey’s life because during their relationship Bailey’s mother passed away unexpectedly,” said Rita Plummer, mentoring program coordinator. “Since her real Mom was not there, Karla stepped in as a ‘bonus mom,’ helping Bailey survive a difficult time.”
Luginbill was also there for Bailey when her younger brother died in an accident several months later. She has been there for her through tragedies and celebrations. Luginbill says her whole family has practically adopted Bailey as their own and they visit her each month, either at college or during her trips home.
“Karla has given so much to this mentee and welcomed and treated her as family,” Plummer added. “And Bailey has grown into a smart, lovely young woman with Karla's guidance.”
About the Program: Little Dixie "Passport to the Future" Mentoring program provides community–based mentoring to youth ages 6 to 17 in Choctaw, Pushmataha and McCurtain Counties.