Meet Tiffany Krauss & Katie Cortelyou
“Can you imagine life without friends? I can, because Best Buddies was not available in Indiana when I was in school. I had a supportive family, but I missed having someone in school to say ‘hi’ to in the halls, to sit with at lunch, to talk about my day with, and to make plans with for social activities.
“In 2014, the Citizens program came to Indiana and I was matched with an adult buddy, who is outstanding. Tiffany is more than I could ever have imagined and she should be a role model for all Citizens Buddies. Tiffany is showing me how to rise to meet every opportunity and to always reach for the stars. She takes time to call me to talk about our week, to come up with fun ideas for getting together, and we set dates for a ‘girls weekend’ or sleep overs, which is a first in my life. WOW! I really do have a friend.”
“Katie is my family that came about through friendship. She inspires me to only ever see the good in others. She also inspires me to let go of fears. I’ll never forget the words she said at our sleepover to get the girls to sing karaoke. ‘If I can speak in front of 11,000 people then you can sing with me!’ And they did it without hesitation. Katie is my rock, my support, my go – getter. I’ve never been so inspired by another person. I joined Best Buddies to be a friend and in doing so I gained a sister.” – Tiffany Krauss, peer buddy, Citizens program