Soncatchers of Edmond has named Maurice Massey as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
A faith-based mentoring organization, Soncatchers is open to boys of all faiths ages 8 and up who are from absent-father homes. Through father-son type experiences such as hiking, going to athletic events, watching and discussing movies, fishing, playing catch and serving side-by-side in community projects, the Soncatchers mentors provide positive growth toward manhood.
Maurice, an electrical inspector from Edmond, has been mentoring for Soncatchers since 2006. He has taken mentees hiking in the Wichita Mountains, gone climbing in Rocktown, and attended OU, OSU and UCO sporting events.
“Maurice’s humor, humility and compassion have been invaluable to the boys during his many hours of service,” said Joey Shaw, founder and president of Soncatchers. “His ability to see a situation in a unique way and respond with a thoughtful and relevant comeback adds to the boys mentoring experiences.”
Maurice often brings his telescope for star parties, providing for the boys in many instances the first opportunity to have a close look at the stars, Joey said. “He literally broadens their horizons.”
During outings with his mentees, Maurice shares experiences from his personal life as a husband, father and friend and from his professional life as a professional electrician. But Maurice says that he is the one who has been blessed to be able to be part of the lives of his mentees.
“We would say that Soncatchers, as a whole, is better for his presence,” Joey said.