Foster Grandparents "Saved My Life"

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Posted by: Gayle Rockoff

As part of our mission to serve the greater community, the ERJCC sponsors four Senior Adult programs:clientuploads/Blog/FosterGrandparents.jpg

  1. Senior Companions
  2. Foster Grandparents 
  3. RSVP
  4. Meals on Wheels

Gayle Rockoff, Senior Associate Executive Director at the ERJCC, had a conversation with a volunteer of the Foster Grandparents program at this year’s United Way Campaign Kick-off.  

The volunteer shared that, “Before I was a Foster Grandparent I had a routine. I picked up my grandchildren from school, I cooked and I cleaned. That was my routine. Now, by volunteering in the Foster Grandparent program, I have a life!” 

Gayle asked, “Which school do you volunteer at?” 

The volunteer responded, “I was at an elementary school for many years, but now I’m at Dowling Middle School.” The volunteer went on to say, ”Last year I met with a young girl who told me she wanted to commit suicide. Her father was in prison, and she was having a really bad time. I saw her in the halls last week and stopped to talk with her.” 

“Thank you for saving my life,” the girl said.  

“We don’t always know the impact our programs have on members and clients, so it’s nice when it’s validated that we’re doing the right thing.”  -Foster Grandparents Volunteer

Earlier this month our volunteers from the Foster Grandparents program were recognized during a luncheon.  Nearly 70 volunteers were recognized and received certificates and gifts.  See the full story from the West University Examiner here.

For more information on the Senior Companions Program, Foster Grandparents, RSVP or Meals on Wheels visit us online here.

Category: Community Programs