by Brooke Brock
My name is Brooke Brock and I am a former Little Sister from Austin, TX. And my Big Sister, my friend, Mrs. Jessica Roe-Harris is a BBBS hero and I’d like to share our story.
I was raised primarily by my mother in a single-parent, low-income household. It was often just my younger brother and me at home. Then, in 2005, I was matched with Jessica.
Consistency is important to me now because I never had it growing up. During my junior year of high school, my mom went to rehab for 6 months, forcing me to be head of household. It was tough with school, work, and raising my younger brother. Jessica supported me through that time and I made sure to thank her for always being there.
To me, Jessica is what Alfred is to Batman. She is the behind-the-scenes supporter, caregiver, and the true brains of the operation. Jessica is the definition of a true friend. To me, she is more than someone who signed up to spend a few hours a week with some kid. She is the epitome of what Big Brothers Big Sisters stands for.
You never recognize how big your small acts of caring and kindness are. However, I think that is the beauty of this organization. It is pure selflessness. I wholeheartedly believe in Big Brothers Big Sisters and its mission—that is why I have continued to be involved in the organization over the years. It is also why I will continue to share our story, and encourage others to invest in the lives of our youth.
Now, I am a college graduate of Texas A&M University going on to pursue my masters of communications. For me, that is the greatest accomplishment and you can bet Jessica was there to see me walk the stage and celebrate yet another milestone in my life—and she will be there for plenty more. I thank BBBS for giving me another family member, a best friend, and a lifetime supporter.
There is nothing in the world greater than having someone to show you that they care. There is nothing like building a relationship with a Big Brother or Sister.