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Friends and Neighbors: Gerners have helped with mentoring through TeamMates program for years


John Verser

Mary, left, and Don Gerner have been TeamMates mentors for several years. They feel that the program benefits not just those whom they mentor, but also themselves.

Kimball residents Don and Mary Gerner hope the TeamMates mentoring program has helped those they have mentored as much as it has enriched their own lives.

The couple has been involved with the program for several years now and enjoy working with the youth.

"As you can tell, we're pretty old," Don said with a laugh. "That's the part that I enjoy, being in contact with the young people."

"I'd like to think that we can be a plus in their lives. If they have a concern about something - not family problems, that's not it. I think they feel safe with us," Mary said.

Don grew up in Dorchester, whi...

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