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Released July 14, 2005

SOUTHERN MISS’ HATTIESBURG FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM
SCHEDULES OPEN HOUSE JULY 18

HATTIESBURG – The search is on for seniors willing to share their wisdom and lifetime experiences in order to help others in their community.

The Hattiesburg Foster Grandparent Program, which is headquartered at The University of Southern Mississippi, is inviting seniors who are age 60-plus and on limited incomes to attend an open house July 18 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center, located on Front Street in downtown Hattiesburg.

Organizers of the event are looking for seniors who would like to serve as mentors and tutors for abused or neglected children, troubled teenagers, disadvantaged preschoolers and children with mental and/or physical disabilities.

Attendees will get a chance to meet and hear from current foster grandparents and learn how they can change a child’s life for the better.

“This program helps meet the critical needs of the Hattiesburg community while using talents of some of our most gifted, experienced, and skilled citizens,” said Celeste T. Brown, director of the Hattiesburg Foster Grandparent Program.

“Children in unfortunate situations need the special care and guidance that seniors can provide and will now be exposed to that extra help to make the difference in their lives,” Brown said.

Foster grandparents earn $2.65 (non-taxed) an hour working 20 hours a week in schools, shelters, or other locations where children need help

The Hattiesburg Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for Community and National Service. For more information, contact Celeste T. Brown at (601) 266-5747, via e-mail at celeste.t.brown@usm.edu, or visit the CCCE Web site at www.usm.edu/ccce.

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August 9, 2005 1:16 PM