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
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
“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 email@example.com, or visit the CCCE Web site