Volunteer Appreciation Week 2015: Meet Fran Tynan

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Fran Tynan
Mentor, Resolana Program

How did you get involved with the Resolana program, and how long have you been serving with us?
I became involved with Resolana in October 2008. My friend Nancy Rebal introduced me to Bette Buschow who founded Resolana. She was looking for some help with the Resolana board and I did some consulting work with other groups, so I tried to help.  In the course of trying to help, I really began to admire and enjoy the work with the women at the Dallas County Jail. I soon decided I wanted to become part of it and help where I could.

What inspired you to become a mentor?
I assisted at many of the programs/classes held at the jail, so I was always curious to see what happened when the women left the jail. When the opportunity came, I was eager to see how I could help in that capacity.

What is the most rewarding part of being a mentor?
Learning the women’s stories and finding points of contact between our lives is very interesting.  Looking for ways to help support their decisions and dreams for their future is exciting and satisfying when it happens. They are eager to change their lives and looking for new solutions. I love being able to help them get to those changes.

About Resolana
Resolana, a program of Volunteers of America Texas, provides gender-specific programming to female offenders, beginning inside the Dallas County Jail and continuing through re-entry into the community. Our goals are to increase readiness for change on the inside, to increase use of existing community resources on the outside and to reduce recidivism.

If you would like to become a mentor with the Resolana program, contact Amberly Prykhodko, mentor coordinator.