Forty-five students and mentors came together to celebrate Christmas Tuesday evening at the home of Laurie Truschel, Gordon's director of student ministries. Though the event is an annual gathering, this was the first year they met off campus to "deck the halls."
Staff and faculty members take on a volunteer mentoring role throughout the academic year through the chapel-sponsored program Companions for the Journey. Juniors and seniors work in the IRON Mentoring with sophomores and first-year students; both programs are under Truschel's leadership. Mentors meet with a student "mentoree" on a regular basis.
Along with caroling, fellowship and lots of food at the Christmas gathering, the group made Christmas crafts for food bags to be given out through Beverly Bootstraps, a food pantry outreach in Beverly, Massachusetts, four miles from campus.
"This is a great time of year to celebrate so many things, and to see the relationships built between these mentors and students is all the more exciting," said Truschel. "Everyone grows from these connections."