Rupert's Kids is a is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes individuals who have recently been released from the correctional facility and helps them become active and contributing members of society.
Rupert Boneham is a mentor for troubled young adults. Rupert gained celebrity status after appearing on Survivor: Pearl Islands. He later returned to the game show for All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains and Blood vs. Water, where he competed with his wife. Prior to his time on Survivor, he worked with kids with mental handicaps in Texas. He then moved to Indiana to work with troubled young adults. In 1991, he purchased an abandoned house and converted it into a vocational training center for young adults who had been expelled from school. After being awarded one million dollars on Survivor: America’s Tribal Council, Boneham used a large percentage of his winnings to establish Rupert ’s Kids, to help at-risk teens. Rupert also ran for governor during the 2012 campaign. He won the Libertarian Party nomination and ran against Republican nominee Mike Pence and Democratic nominee John R. Gregg.
Kay is a retired speech therapist from the Shelbyville school system. She was first introduced to Rupert when she was asked to consult with Rupert’s Kids for a charity bike ride. Kay just happened to be in the office on the manager’s last day and volunteered to help him out until he found a replacement. After a few weeks, Kay asked him to stop looking because she really enjoyed the work. She had missed working with students. Although these participants are older than her past students, she finds the work challenging and rewarding. Kay is also a member of the White River Sound Chorus,
chapter of Sweet Adelines, International.
Rupert's mother, Georgette Boneham, was born and raised in Detroit. She has two sons and five grandchildren. She is a licensed social worker and has been working with her son at Rupert's Kids since 2004. She is proud to say Rupert is her son. Before working with Rupert's Kids she was a public school teacher for 16 years. She has been a social worker for over 30 years and plans to continue working. As a social worker, she worked with Midtown Mental Health Center and has had a private practice for many years.