Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.

While this cliché does not fully acknowledge the complexities of poverty, it does acknowledge the inherent limits of perpetual relief. People are much more than mouths to feed and bodies to clothe. They are human beings with inherent dignity and capacity.

Therefore, to encourage and equip our struggling neighbors, we give them the option of being connected to a personal mentor.

Our mentors are always paired with clients of the same gender and are trained by CVCCS to:

  1. Be a solid Christ-like example for their mentee.
  2. Be a trustworthy, reliable, listening ear and friend for their mentee.
  3. Initiate regular communication and face to face meetings with their mentee.
  4. Show love and compassion to their mentee.

The vision of Connect is transformational rather than transactional, so we guide our mentors to be less like a boss or savior and more like a consultant or friend.

Common mentoring myths:

MYTH #1: “Mentors must be old.” Age is not the necessary qualification to be a good mentor; rather, maturity, stability, and a strong commitment to integrity and personal growth are cornerstone traits.

MYTH #2: “Mentors must be perfect.” Everyone has flaws and past mistakes, mentors included! Openness about imperfection is key to a healthy mentoring relationship. Perfection is not a requirement or the aim; rather, the goal is to pursue mutual development.

MYTH #3: “Mentors must have all the answers.” No one person has all the answers in life. The mentor must have wisdom to offer, but also be ready and willing to tap on others for help when he inevitably encounters an issue beyond his scope.

MYTH #4: “Mentoring is only for people with problems.” Mentoring is for people who desire personal growth and see relationship as the vehicle for that growth. If more people were mentored earlier, a lot of problems could be avoided!


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  • There is One God who reveals as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 8:6, Mat. 28:19). The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth as a baby, lived a sinless life, and willingly gave Himself to be crucified, dying as a sacrifice for the sins of man; He was buried and rose again (2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Tim. 1:15, John 19:1-30). Salvation is offered to all who call upon the Name of Jesus and believe in their heart that He is the Son of God making eternity with God possible (John 3:16). God’s Holy Spirit empowers the believer to live an overcoming life of service for Him and to our fellow man (Psa. 143:10, Col. 1:11). All human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Psa. 139). Our statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of CVCCS’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors and/or Executive Director is CVCCS’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application.
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