DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. extends our sincerest well wishes to our former mentee Christian for enrolling at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania as part of the class of 2025 to pursue his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. As part of our send-off, DonCARES was excited to gift him a new microwave and mini fridge for his college dorm. We are proud of our mentee.
Updated: Jun 19
On Saturday, June 18, 2022, DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc.,Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Incorporated, Temple University's Owlettes, and Temple's Black Law Students Association, Pre-Law Division hosted DonCARES of Philadelphia's sixth annual Summer Hydration Walk.
The idea to serve started in 2017 when DonCARES Founder and Executive Director saw individuals in need. "It was a hot summer day and I was thirsty. I went into a WaWa and bought a water bottle. As I walked out, I saw a homeless man lying on the sidewalk without a shirt. At that moment, I knew that I was in a privileged position and decided to give my bottle of water to the man on the street. I then went back to Wawa and bought one for myself." Forrest reminisces on the exact moment he decided that there should be a larger effort to serve, that's when we started a go-fund-me to raise money for waters and coolers.
Since 2017, DonCARES has held ten hydration walks. Since 2020, DonCARES has mostly collaborated with Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. and given over 1,000 bottles of water to Philadelphia's most vulnerable populations.
On Monday, June 13th, two mentees from DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. earned their high school diplomas from The U School in North Philadelphia. DonCARES mentees: Sequoi and Christian were among the graduates.
DonCARES mentee Sequoi and DonCARES Executive Director Donovan Forrest met in January 2019. From 2019 to 2020, Donovan and Sequoi worked on homework assignments, applied for jobs, shadowed at Temple, and talked about Sequoi's love for music.
DonCARES Founder Donovan Forrest is proud of his mentee as Sequoi earns his high school diploma and plans to attend Community College of Philadelphia in the Fall.
Christian and former DonCARES Mentor Mu Hernandez met in March 2020. While the Covid-19 pandemic shifted plans for the program, Christian continued to receive support from DonCARES and ultimately earned Mentee of the Month for April 2022.
During their time at The U School, Sequoi and Christian attended one-on-one and group mentoring sessions at DonCARES. Surprisingly, Christian's brother, a student at Samuel Fels High School in Oxford Circle, Philadelphia received services through DonCARES in December 2019 during a Resume Workshop Forrest hosted.