Q. What is the history of the program?
A. Learn more about this program and how it started at: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/senior-corps/foster-grandparents
Q. Who do you serve, what are the eligility requirements?
A. People age 55+, legal resident of one of our 13 counties, and meet the 200% poverty guideline.
Q. Where are the service locations and how do I contact th?
A. Home office, offices in Lawrence County – 931-244-2024 Wayne County – 931-722-5995 Marshall County – 931-246-8046
Q. How are the hours, does the program offer any benfits to the volunteers?
A. Foster Grandparents serve from 15 to 40 hours a week, usually five days a week. They receive a stipend payable in regular installments. Foster Grandparents also receive one meal on the day of service, transportation to and from their volunteer site, monthly trainings, and one physical examination a year.
Q. What services do volunteers provide?
A. Foster Grandparents provide support in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and child care centers. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young parents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. Foster Grandparents often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.
Q. What information is needed in order to apply?
A. Copies of financial statements, proof of income, social security cards, drivers license, proof of number in household.
Q.What experiences have your volunteers shared?
A. These are a few of our volunteers experiences as "Foster Grandparents"
Ludine Martin FGP Volunteer in Wayne County at the Waynesboro Elementary School
"I have enjoyed being a Foster Grandparent for the last ten years. I love working with the children and giving them that extra help and attention that many of them really need. We have an in-service meeting once a month which I enjoy going to at the Senior Citizens Center. We also have nice door prizes and a table full of very useful home supplies so everyone takes home something they really need. Many have got to get a comforter set. We have one or two at each meeting and it is appreciated very much."
Lavaughn McMasters "Maw Maw" FGP volunteer in Lawrence County at New Prospect School
"What being a Foster Grandparent means to me, I work with Pre-K through third grade? In the morning you walk in the room they will say “hi maw maw” and most will come and give you a big hug, and that makes me have a very good day, to see their smiling faces. When you are reading with them most of them want to be first I feel I am doing something right. You see the children at lunch or in the hallways and they will say “hi maw maw “and wave to me.
I enjoy the meetings, trips and the fellowship we have together and the good food and meeting new people sometimes. I will always be grateful to you Bobbie for all the good things you have done for us. Thank you Bobbie! Love, Lavaughn McMasters “Maw Maw“
Agnes Crenshaw FGP Volunteer in Lawrence County at South Lawrence School
"What the Foster Grandparent Program means to me: It means a lot just helping the children with reading or whatever they need. Some of the children just need love, affection and to know that someone cares about them. It gives me and a feeling of being needed and wanted in their lives. I love working with the children, they remind me of my grandchildren. Working with the children fills a void in my life.
Martha Moore FGP Volunteer in Lawrence County David Crockett Elementary School and New Prospect School
"After Several medical problems, I ended up on disability much too early in my life. One goes through depression periods many times during the transition period. Thanks to the Foster Grandparent Program I get to be the “school granny” at Crockett Elementary. Giving out hugs while getting those wonderful hugs while helping with a little reading and math. I have been fortunate enough to work “The Fun in the Sun” summer program at New Prospect these past few weeks. Doing things like bowling, swimming, going to the movies and the library. Things I have not done since my sons were small (25+ years ago). The program doesn’t make you rich but those hugs are priceless."
Jean Evans FGP Volunteer in Lawrence County at New Prospect School
"What the Foster Grandparent Program Means to Me: Since I have been in the field of education for 44 years, the program gives me the opportunity to continue to be a part of children’s lives, to be a help to them and also to be a help to teachers and other staff members. The program is a help in my life in that I can still feel that I have a purpose in life. The program gives me a feeling of being needed and useful to others. I have worked 9 years with the Foster Grandparent Program and have enjoyed every day of it."
Bertha Faulkner FGP Volunteer in Lawrence County at New Prospect School
"My name is Berths Faulkner; I am retired from Head Start. I worked as a teacher for 34 years and two years as a substitute. Then I decided to get into the Foster Grandparent Program. I truly love my work as a Foster Grandparent. I love working with children it helps me to meet different people and also helps me financially as well as helps me mentally and it keeps my mind off things. If it had not been for the Foster Grandparent program I would not be able to live by myself. Thank you for the program! "