RANDOLPH - Randolph Children's Home welcomed familiar faces recently for its second annual Alumni Reunion. Former residents from the 1990s gathered to share memories and tell their life stories. Many brought their families to visit a place where, according to many, their lives were changed. James Colby from Blasdell spoke on behalf of the group.
"We returned not only to see the home for ourselves, but to express gratitude for workers who helped us make sense of our lives and see a better future," Colby said. "Many of the values and parenting skills I use with my own children, I learned at the home."
Most of the group traveled from Buffalo to enjoy games, horseback rides for their children, a chicken barbecue, and friendships that have lasted more than 20 years. The event also welcomed current and former staff.
"Seeing these responsible young adults come back and talk so fondly about their memories from the home was very meaningful and emotional," said Dawn Skinner, campus life manager. "It also confirms the values and practices we've put in place over the years and gives us encouragement for the kids we are helping today and in the future."
The group has even started planning for next year's reunion. New Directions welcomes former residents who want to attend next year's reunion in August 2014. Contact the home for information, 358-3636, ext. 270.