FREDERICK, Md. - For years, the Salamon family has enjoyed the friendships that come with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick County. On Wednesday, they received a letter in the mail that the organization was closing.
"I was shocked and saddened, and I just could not believe it," said Carolyn Salamon, mother of two children that benefitted from the program. "With a community like
Salamon's children developed strong relationships with their mentors during a difficult time for the family. Four years ago, her husband, and the father of her children, passed away.
"To have matches [mentors] for my kids was a huge blessing and it's helped them mature. It really gave them the one-on-one attention that, as a single parent, was just a real blessing for me," Salamon said.
In a statement to the community, staff at the local branch credited the closing to a variety of circumstances including a shortage of support from the national office, and overall lack of funding. Staff members could not be reached for further details, but in a release the group shared, they have served more than 4,000 kids in their 37 years in the community. Despite the fact that the doors to the office are closed, the relationships developed between many "bigs" and "littles" will last a lifetime.
"My kids' relationship that they have with their ‘bigs’ are really going to be lifelong," said Salamon.