Diane Cookston: We hope Partners organization survives

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To the editor:

We are writing in response to the article, "Partners fights to survive," in Friday's Craig Daily Press. We are one of the "success stories" that director Tara Jenrich spoke about. We have been "partners" through the Moffat County organization for the past five years.

After reading the article, we felt sadness and anger. We are sad because we know what Partners has meant to us. It has been a worthwhile and rewarding experience for both of us. We know that what we have is more than a mentor/youth relationship; we have a lifelong friendship. There are children on a waiting list to be paired with senior partners, and we know if Partners does not survive, these children will never experience what we have.

We are angry because this program is in jeopardy. Partners is different than any other program for youths in our community because it gives children an opportunity to have a one-on-one mentoring relationship with an adult. Craig offers a variety of programs for its youths, and we think that they are all equally important. We don't understand how an organization such as Partners can lose funding not just from state and federal agencies, but local ones, as well.

Lastly, we want to thank Jenrich and Melia Bisbee for their hard work and dedication to Partners. We and many others appreciate all that they have given to this organization.

We are hopeful that partners will continue in our community so that other successful partnerships like ours can be made.

Diane Cookston

Mackenzie Jowell

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