Foster Grandparents–a community treasure

“We love our job, playing with the children and helping the teachers,” said Grandma Gerry. “It brings a lot us a lot of joy.”

Grandma Gerry and kids

Grandma Gerry and kids

The Child Development Center (CDC) at Blessed Sacrament Academy is pleased to partner with the Foster Grandparents Program organized and operated by Catholic Charities at the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Foster grandparents have been volunteering as an integral part of the programs at the CDC for more than 15 years.

These special volunteer seniors rock infants and help with feeding time, assist in reading, art and other age-appropriate lessons, all the while providing the important, loving presence of grandma and grandpa, abuela and abuelo.

“Assisting the classroom teachers by interacting with children in a variety of day-to-day activities, the grandparents are a great addition to the children’s daily routine,” said Carol Silva, CDC Director. “We are so grateful to all of our wonderful Foster Grandparents for all their hard work and love they bring to our program each day.”

Established in 1965 by members of the community including the venerable Henry B. Gonzalez and Milbrew Davis, San Antonio was the first city to have a Foster Grandparent Program. There are now 45 cities across the U.S. with similar programs as a part of Senior Corps, administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Qualified seniors are eligible to receive a stipend for their time and service. In addition to those volunteers at the CDC, other foster grandparents provide mentoring, one-on-one support and care for at-risk children or children with special needs at more than 20 agencies and hospitals in the San Antonio community, often times, making the defining difference in a child’s life.

The CDC is blessed to have five foster grandparents working with our children on a weekly basis: Grandmas Gerry, Elva, Mary Ann, Margie, and Zenida, and our newest addition, Sister Rosa. “We love our job, playing with the children and helping the teachers,” says Grandma Gerry. “It brings a lot us a lot of joy.”

If you are interested in learning more about the CDC, phone Carol Silva at 210. 532.5363. For the Foster Grandparent Program at Catholic Charities phone 210.271.3743.

 

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