18 Montco Senior Residents Complete Volunteer Orientation to Become the Newest Foster Grandparents

18 Montgomery County Senior Residents Complete Volunteer Orientation
to Become the Newest Foster Grandparents

Volunteers earn money while serving as tutors, mentors and role models for children

EAGLEVILLE, PA, July 26, 2016 — Eighteen Montgomery County seniors recently completed their pre-service orientation and training to become the newest volunteers with Family Services’ Foster Grandparent Program.  

A program of Family Services, the Foster Grandparent Program provides volunteer opportunities for limited-income seniors over the age of 55 to tutor and mentor children who need extra assistance. Foster Grandparent volunteers are matched with children who may be developmentally delayed, physically disabled, homeless, abused, neglected, delinquent, learning disabled, or impoverished.

According to Tricia Reedy Jones, director of senior volunteer programs, these children are able to increase their academic proficiency, improve self-esteem and develop higher-level coping skills through the consistent nurturing and guidance provided by the Foster Grandparents.

“Foster Grandparents give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future,” said Reedy Jones. “In addition, Foster Grandparents strengthen communities by providing services that community budgets cannot afford and by building bridges across generations.”

Currently, the program has 80 Foster Grandparents who mentor children at more than 45 sites throughout Montgomery County. In 2015, these Foster Grandparents provided 97,915 hours of volunteer service to children in child care centers, Head Start programs, elementary schools, and alternate schools.

“It gives me a purpose in life and a reason to get up in the morning,” said one Foster Grandparent.

Those interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent must be a Montgomery County resident, age 55 years or older, meet minimum income requirements and enjoy working with children and youth. All volunteer Foster Grandparents receive a modest tax-free stipend for a minimum of 15 hours of service each week, paid holiday, sick and vacation leave, and ongoing training.

For more information on the Foster Grandparent Program, please contact Tricia Reedy Jones at 610-630-0201 or treedyjones@fsmontco.org.

Pictured at the program’s graduation ceremony are (front row, left to right) Constance Bullock of Norristown; Edna Callaghan of Telford; JoAnn Fullerton of Bala Cynwyd; Mary Gatta of Pottstown; Sandra Gelet of Spring City; Dorothy Higginbotham of Hatfield; Lois Hordges of Ardmore; Mary Jackson of Pottstown; (back row, left to right) Cedia Kenon of Willow Grove; Alethia Knox of Pottstown; Carli Millstone-Fida of East Norriton; Angela Nixon of Plymouth Meeting; Diane Robertson of Elkins Park; Michael Rushton of Spring City; Celeste Sabinske of East Norriton; Susan Udinsky of Ambler; Jacqueline Washington of Pottstown; and Catherine Savage of Norristown.

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