Both coming from large families of eight, founders Maureen Pechacek and Maynard Howe were inspired to start Kinsella Angels from their experiences in loving families that lacked resources and often struggled to make ends meet.
Both overcame obstacles and developed a thriving sense of purpose when a non-family adult provided support and encouragement. Critical mentoring in their youth inspired them to attend college and ultimately achieve great personal and career success, and embedded in them a strong desire to give back.
The name Kinsella is the maiden name of Maureen’s mother and means “proud” in Gaelic Irish. Kinsella Angels proudly stands to bring dignity to humanity, one person at a time.
Our goal in partnering with schools and community partners is to remove barriers that youth face pursuing success in life. When you refer a student for support, some of the services available to them include:
– Weekly one-on-one coaching
– Goal-setting support
– Long-term mentorship
– Weekly Zoom or in-person relationship development
– Career path coaching
– Technical school and other college scholarships
– Support to complete scholarship and college admissions applications
– Connection to a broader network of community support
Every person deserves a sense of community and belonging. With so much division in our country today, it is more important than ever to create communities where diversity in age, race, gender, social economic background, religion, and sexual orientation co-exist to bring about harmony and resolution, igniting hope for future generations.
Kinsella Angels staff and volunteers are committed to demonstrating inclusive and non-discriminatory practices, and creating stronger communities by connecting youth and elderly.
The more access to resources an individual has, the greater their potential for good health and success.
Mentors provide support and encouragement to youth on a weekly basis.
Mentoring kids is an investment in our future.
Kinsella Angels prioritizes elder companionship and purpose.
Linking older adults with youth can provide advantages for both:
Some activities that build and strengthen intergenerational relationships include: