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Five Local Residents Among Newest Foster Grandparents

The newest graduates of Family Services' Foster Gradparents Program, and its staff members, celebrate their accomplishment

SANATOGA PA – Five Pottstown PA residents are among 14 senior citizens who each have completed 40 hours of training to become the newest volunteers for the foster grandparent program of Family Services of Montgomery County, which operates in part from offices on East High Street in Sanatoga.

The program provides opportunities for limited-income seniors age 55 and older to provide one-on-one academic and emotional support to children with special needs in day care centers, elementary schools, Head Start programs, alternative schools, and at other community agencies

Joining the more than 100 foster grandparents already at work in more than 60 locations, Program Director Tricia Reedy Jones said Monday (April 2, 2012) will be Martha Campbell, Dot Landis, Eunice Rome, Ervia Green, and Jackie Farra, all of Pottstown, as well as nine other individuals who will serve as mentors, tutors and friends “giving children with extra love and attention at a critical time in their lives.”

Those interested in becoming a foster grandparent must be a 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 vacation and sick time, paid holidays, and transportation reimbursement.

For more information on the program, call Reedy Jones at 610-630-0201.

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