“Richard has been making me laugh since the first day I met him,” said Lee. “We instantly clicked. I knew that I could give Richard the guidance and support he needed to succeed, and California MENTOR supported me wholeheartedly.”
Before he came to California MENTOR, 36-year-old Richard had been living in a group home. “It wasn’t a good fit for him,” said Lee. “He was drawn to the independence of the Host Home program and knew that California MENTOR could provide him with the support system, tools and resources he needed to follow his dreams.”
An exceptionally determined individual, Richard has been attending Fresno City College for 16 years, working to earn his associate’s degree. Lee helps him keep up with coursework by providing structure and encouragement. After years of hard work, Richard is almost ready to graduate.
Bringing the House Down
When he’s not working toward his degree, Richard spends his free time as a stand-up comedian. Lee laughs to himself as he describes some of Richard’s best jokes. “You should hear his Arnold Schwarzenegger impression! It brings down the house.”
Lee is Richard’s biggest cheerleader and has helped him book performances at local comedy clubs and restaurants. California MENTOR staff and their families regularly attend Richard’s shows. Through his friendships within the comedy community, Richard has even been invited to perform at the famous Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles.
“The crowds and performers love him!” says Lee. “He’s bonded with his fellow comedians and has made a great group of friends.”
Lee is grateful for the support he and Richard receive from California MENTOR. “Lee and my coordinators help make my dreams come true,” said Richard. “I always have someone to support and encourage me.”
Richard says he had never known that anyone could care so much about his happiness and success until he moved in with Lee. That has made all the difference.