Program places eligible
senior citizens in schools and Head Start classrooms
working one-on-one with children under the direction
of the classroom teacher. Foster Grandparents
spend quality time with these students helping them
with letters and numbers, reading, singing,
mentoring and modeling proper behavior.
Seniors with a love for children and willing to
devote 15-40 hours per week are encouraged to call
for information and an application. The
program currently has partnerships with dozens of
educational programs in Wise, Lee, and Scott
Counties and the City of Norton.
Foster Grandparents must be at least 55 years of age
with a limited income. Foster Grandparents
will receive a tax-free monthly stipend for their
service, which does not affect Medicare/Medicaid or
Social Security, or benefits such as food stamps,
rental assistance or federal fuel assistance.
They receive earned annual leave time, holiday pay
and transportation reimbursement, an annual physical
exam and supplemental insurance while they are at
their sites. For additional information
call Melissa Reifert at 276-523-4202 (local) or
800-252-6362 (toll free).