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Foster grandparents benefit community

The Foster Grandparent Program for Franklin, Clinton, Essex, St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties is provided by the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

The program serves senior citizens and benefits children with special needs of our communities. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities to low income senior citizens 60 years of age or older to help alleviate the physical, mental, and emotional problems of children having special or exceptional needs.

Foster grandparents are placed in a classroom setting with a child or children to assist teaching staff with children who are also in need of emotional support, development of basic learning skills, to provide friendship, companionship, encouragement, individual attention, and unhurried help.

The main goal of this program is to enable low- income persons aged 60 and over to remain physically and mentally active and to enhance their self-esteem through continued participation in needed community services. This also provides seniors a chance to earn a small non-taxable stipend (that will not affect existing benefits).

If you would like more information on how this program may benefit you the program at: Foster Grandparent Program, 80 Park Street Suite 2, Tupper Lake, N.Y. 12986. You may also call 359-7688 and speak with Vivian Smith or Melissa Hutchins.

The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.

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