Jordan Spence and Billy Gardner hang out at Yoho’s Sporting Goods in Woodsfield. Every day, Billy stops by Yoho’s to spend a little time with Jordan during his after-school routine.

Taking the time to show that it’s OK to be different

You can be a mentor

Please contact Helen K. Ring, Superintendent of Monroe County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 740-472-1712 if you are interested in working as a mentor or possibly sharing your time to take someone like Billy fishing, camping or to a ballgame.

“Your shoe’s untied.”

That’s the greeting that Jordan Spence receives every day when Billy Gardner visits him at work.

Without fail, Jordan looks down at his shoes, eliciting a laugh out of Billy.

“He gets a kick out of it,” Jordan said.

The friendship between the two is an unlikely one.

Jordan, in his early 20s, graduated from Shenandoah High School.

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