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Foster Grandparents Program

The MEOC Foster Grandparent 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).


Contact Melissa Melissa.Reifert@meoc.org



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