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e-Buddies in Action!

Each month, we are happy to take the time to highlight a school or agency that is involved in e-Buddies. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to share some of the challenges and triumphs encountered through group participation in e-Buddies!

This month, we feature our participants from Community Living Guelph Wellington/ARC Industries in Ontario, Canada.

How long has your group been involved in e-Buddies?
Our group has been involved in e-Buddies since the summer of 2002. Here we are more than 7 years later and many of our original matches are still going strong.

How many members are currently matched with e-Buddies?
We currently have 32 members matched in the program with more interested.

What are some key challenges you have faced and overcome?
Challenges are few and the benefits many. We assist individuals with the composition of their letters while at the same time not leading them. We encourage good listening skills and empathy for others when reading our letters out loud so that their responses are more than "all about me" statements and we deal with disappointment when their e-Buddies have not written back.

How do you make e-Buddies work with your group?
Our group participate one at a time throughout their regular work day at ARC Industries. Participants spend approximately 20 minutes once a week, one on one, with a staff person to read and respond to their e-Buddie's letter.

What have your group members gained by participating in e-Buddies?
I think our participants appreciate a long term relationship with their pen pals. They become involved in their lives, find joy in the birth of new babies, are touched by the losses endured, and excited to share the events that enrich their lives. Thank you to e-Buddies for establishing and supporting such a wonderful program.

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Do you work with a group of e-Buddies participants? We'd love to feature your group here! Please contact us at ebuddiescomments@bestbuddies.org.


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