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Foster Grandparent Program Comes to an End at WCHOB
For the past ten years, Catholic Charities of Buffalo has sponsored Foster Grandparents at Women & Children’s Hospital as part of the Foster Grandparent Program of Erie County. The program offers seniors ages 55 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and loving caregivers for children and youth with special needs. The role of a Foster Grandparent is to establish one-to-one relationships, share experiences, skills and talents, and change young lives for the better.
Sadly, on June 13, 2014, the program’s funding source, Corporation for National and Community Service, changed its focus to serving the long term and measureable education needs of disadvantaged children – which does not include working in hospitals. Therefore, the Hospital's six current Foster Grandparents have been released from the program.
Together, these six Foster Grandparents have contributed 45,520 hours to Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo:
Information Desk and Newspaper Delivery
Start Date: 2006
Variety 4 and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Start Date: 1989
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Start Date: 2005
Information Desk and Admissions
Start Date: 2012
Start Date: 2008
Start Date: 2011
Five out of the six Foster Grandparents have chosen to remain on as regular volunteers 1-2 days per week.
A party was held at the hospital on the release date to honor and acknowledge their dedication to the program. Each volunteer received a certificate of recognition for their hours served, as well as flowers and a gift certificate. Please join us in celebrating these wonderful volunteers and thanking them for their service to Women & Children’s Hospital and our patients!