BeREAL (Ready Educated Accomplished Leaders) in New Orleans has been home to many “firsts”: It’s the first LSS program for foster teens in transition; for most of the participants, it’s the first time they’ve had a mentor or someone to help them navigate life after foster care. And now we’ve had the first BeREAL wedding between two of our volunteers.
Jenny and Charles were married at Audubon Park in New Orleans on Friday, March 25th and had an outdoor reception at BeREAL on Saturday, March 26th, complete with a New Orleans brass band!
Christie Kieschnick, BeREAL’s director of education and career development, and her husband Kevin were the matchmakers who introduced Jenny and Charles. Kevin Kieschnick is a Lutheran minister and performed the ceremony.
Jenny has been a BeREAL mentor since August, 2010. Charles coordinated the mural painting at BeREAL, and did much of the artwork himself. One thing the two of them have in common is the desire to be positive role models for youth.
Congratulations to Jenny and Charles, wonderful additions to our BeREAL family.
BeREAL, a project of Lutheran Social Services in collaboration with the Louisiana Dept. of Children & Family Services, provides transition services for youth ages 13-25 aging out of Louisiana’s foster care system, to help them succeed as they make the transition to college and the next chapters of their lives.