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Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program



The Senior volunteers of the Central MN Foster Grandparent Program, sponsored by Catholic Charities, provide meaningful, supportive relationships for children with special needs that enrich the lives of all involved.
We received a note from Mrs. Jones at Verndale Elementary as she wrapped up the school year. She wrote, "I just wanted to tell you how wonderful it has been to be able to work with Grandma Connie. She has made such a positive impact with the kids in my classroom. Whether it is working individually on sight words with kids that are struggling, or helping in the classroom setting she has been such a help. I have two boys who really struggle academically in their reading. One of the boys only knew 6 sight words at the beginning of the year, and now knows 75. The other boy only knew 8 sight words and now knows 78. This was amazing progress! I hope that this program will always be in our district, and that Grandma Connie will be able to work in my room again."
 
Grandma Connie is one of the 192 Foster Grandparents that served during the 2016-17 school year with Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program. The group served 134,360 hours, working with 8778 children. Teachers and staff reported that 88% of the students served demonstrated improved math and/or literacy skills.  
It has been a long, cold winter…..but spring will soon be upon us! The Foster Grandparent volunteers have been busy at their sites, bringing extra light to the lives of the children they serve. The smiles from both the Foster Grandparent volunteers and children are plentiful and it is clear to see the value of the inter-generational relationships that are formed.
 
Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors, ages 55 and over, the opportunity to work with students in local schools, or other non-profit agencies with children who need extra assistance.  Typically school “Grandmas” and “Grandpas” work one-on-one with kids who need some extra support and love.
 
We invite you to participate in this life changing program. Your involvement will positively benefit the lives of countless children, but will undoubtedly improve the quality of your life as well, through the documented health benefits and assurance that your contributions to the community are immense.

Joan became a Foster Grandparent with Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program expecting to help children, but received a lot more from her service, not the least being, some significant health benefits.
 
These health benefits surfaced very early in Grandma Joan’s service. She was able to cut her medications for both high blood pressure and diabetes in half and continues these same reduced doses today.  Joan has had both knees replaced and finds that walking the halls of the school has improved her knees and mobility a great deal.
 
The benefits Joan has reported align with research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones.  


Contact the area supervisor for your county. (Their contact information is listed to the right)
Thank you for considering becoming a Foster Grandparent! If you haven’t already, please speak with one of our area supervisors about your interest.
If you already have spoken with one of them, here are the links to the forms they’ve asked you to fill out:
·         Application
·         Confidentiality Agreement
·         Medical Review
·         References
·         Sexual Harassment Policy
·         Direct Deposit Form
Again, thank you! 
Foster Grandparents have the ability to use their time, skills and experience to help children learn. Foster Grandparents give 15 to 40 hours of service each week to community non-profit agencies, including:
  • Schools
  • Early education programs
  • Day treatment programs
  • Day cares
  • Social service agencies.
Foster Grandparents receive a small stipend, training and other benefits for their service.
Organizations benefit from Foster Grandparents presence. Foster Grandparents offer:
  • Focused attention, whether one on one or in small groups, on children who need extra help.
  • The opportunity for children to receive additional emotional support, love and attention.
In exchange, Foster Grandparent Host Sites must agree to:
  • Provide their Foster Grandparent an orientation to the site
  • Place the Foster Grandparent with children who are in need of extra help and attention
  • Provide a minimal financial contribution
  • Designate a staff member as the Foster Grandparent’s on-site supervisor
  • Ensure the safety of the Foster Grandparent while on-site
  • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (see a sample.)
  • If you’re interested in having a Foster Grandparent enrich the lives of children in your organization, please contact Stacy, our program manager. Her phone number is on the right side of this page.
The MN Senior Corps 2017 Annual Report is available on the MN Senior Corps website.

Visit our Facebook page for the latest stories about Catholic Charities Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program.


Foster Grandparents volunteer throughout the 16 counties of the Diocese of St. Cloud: Benton, Douglas, Grant, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin counties.



Currently, over 200 Foster Grandparents are serving nearly 100 sites in these counties.
  • We received a note from Mrs. Jones at Verndale Elementary as she wrapped up the school year. She wrote, "I just wanted to tell you how wonderful it has been to be able to work with Grandma Connie. She has made such a positive impact with the kids in my classroom. Whether it is working individually on sight words with kids that are struggling, or helping in the classroom setting she has been such a help. I have two boys who really struggle academically in their reading. One of the boys only knew 6 sight words at the beginning of the year, and now knows 75. The other boy only knew 8 sight words and now knows 78. This was amazing progress! I hope that this program will always be in our district, and that Grandma Connie will be able to work in my room again."
     
    Grandma Connie is one of the 192 Foster Grandparents that served during the 2016-17 school year with Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program. The group served 134,360 hours, working with 8778 children. Teachers and staff reported that 88% of the students served demonstrated improved math and/or literacy skills.  
  • It has been a long, cold winter…..but spring will soon be upon us! The Foster Grandparent volunteers have been busy at their sites, bringing extra light to the lives of the children they serve. The smiles from both the Foster Grandparent volunteers and children are plentiful and it is clear to see the value of the inter-generational relationships that are formed.
     
    Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors, ages 55 and over, the opportunity to work with students in local schools, or other non-profit agencies with children who need extra assistance.  Typically school “Grandmas” and “Grandpas” work one-on-one with kids who need some extra support and love.
     
    We invite you to participate in this life changing program. Your involvement will positively benefit the lives of countless children, but will undoubtedly improve the quality of your life as well, through the documented health benefits and assurance that your contributions to the community are immense.

    Joan became a Foster Grandparent with Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program expecting to help children, but received a lot more from her service, not the least being, some significant health benefits.
     
    These health benefits surfaced very early in Grandma Joan’s service. She was able to cut her medications for both high blood pressure and diabetes in half and continues these same reduced doses today.  Joan has had both knees replaced and finds that walking the halls of the school has improved her knees and mobility a great deal.
     
    The benefits Joan has reported align with research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social ones.  


    Contact the area supervisor for your county. (Their contact information is listed to the right)
  • Thank you for considering becoming a Foster Grandparent! If you haven’t already, please speak with one of our area supervisors about your interest.
    If you already have spoken with one of them, here are the links to the forms they’ve asked you to fill out:
    ·         Application
    ·         Confidentiality Agreement
    ·         Medical Review
    ·         References
    ·         Sexual Harassment Policy
    ·         Direct Deposit Form
    Again, thank you! 
  • Foster Grandparents have the ability to use their time, skills and experience to help children learn. Foster Grandparents give 15 to 40 hours of service each week to community non-profit agencies, including:
    • Schools
    • Early education programs
    • Day treatment programs
    • Day cares
    • Social service agencies.
    Foster Grandparents receive a small stipend, training and other benefits for their service.
    Organizations benefit from Foster Grandparents presence. Foster Grandparents offer:
    • Focused attention, whether one on one or in small groups, on children who need extra help.
    • The opportunity for children to receive additional emotional support, love and attention.
    In exchange, Foster Grandparent Host Sites must agree to:
    • Provide their Foster Grandparent an orientation to the site
    • Place the Foster Grandparent with children who are in need of extra help and attention
    • Provide a minimal financial contribution
    • Designate a staff member as the Foster Grandparent’s on-site supervisor
    • Ensure the safety of the Foster Grandparent while on-site
    • Sign a Memorandum of Understanding (see a sample.)
    • If you’re interested in having a Foster Grandparent enrich the lives of children in your organization, please contact Stacy, our program manager. Her phone number is on the right side of this page.
  • The MN Senior Corps 2017 Annual Report is available on the MN Senior Corps website.

    Visit our Facebook page for the latest stories about Catholic Charities Central Minnesota Foster Grandparent Program.


  • Foster Grandparents volunteer throughout the 16 counties of the Diocese of St. Cloud: Benton, Douglas, Grant, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin counties.



    Currently, over 200 Foster Grandparents are serving nearly 100 sites in these counties.