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A Lifetime of Caring

What does a lifetime of caring look like?  Where do you find such a person? Here is a clue, you won’t find them in the lime-light, but working behind the scene.  One beautiful life, who has dedicated herself to a lifetime of caring is Janet Stanley.  You may have met her, when you were in labor and at your worst, but with great patience she guided you to a triumphant childbirth.  Maybe you were that nervous new dad afraid, if you held your newborn he or she might break. Perhaps you were that little one who shivered and wailed while she gave you your first bath.  Janet Stanley’s career was a registered nurse in the maternity ward of a hospital, and she was there because she cared.

Then came the day that Janet retired.  What would such a caring soul do after her retirement? Janet choose to be a Foster Grandparent where she mentored young children at the Head Start in Dushore.  For many of the children, this was their first experience in a classroom setting and Janet was there to greet them and sooth them into their student role.  Janet served at the Head Start until it closed in June of 2020.

Janet, a Sullivan County resident, has been traveling to Bradford County, 20 miles away to serve as a Foster Grandparent at the Child Hunger Outreach Partners “CHOP” in Towanda.  Recently CHOP has opened a facility in Sullivan County, but this is the only Sullivan County placement site available to the Foster Grandparents, who live in Sullivan County. 

Please read on as Janet Stanley expresses her feelings about being a Foster Grandparent:

 “Having volunteered through Foster Grandparents for 5 years I look forward to being able to work with school children after the last year closed this opportunity for a while. Greeting each child with a smile is a great way to start the day off for me and for them. Helping them learn to write, read and interact with others in an appropriate manner, voicing their displeasure without physical acts but using their words is challenging and rewarding. Having an extra pair of hands may also be helpful for the teacher who may desire to spend more time with those who need more one-on-one time to successfully accomplish their school work. I hope I will be able to enjoy children within Sullivan County, as driving to Bradford County is a trek especially in the winter and running into those I've worked with as I shop locally is a treat.”

Mandy Hale once said, “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” 

The Foster Grandparent Program is looking placement sites in Sullivan County where Foster Grandparents can mentor and tutor children.  The Foster Grandparent Program is an AmeriCorps Senior program funded by the federal government.  The purpose of the program is to help at risk children or struggling students succeed, and the Foster Grandparent Program also helps seniors financially and emotionally.  Foster grandparent sites have to be non-profit organizations, such as schools, Head Starts, correctional facilities, government programs or vocational training for youth age 0 to age 21.  Sorry we cannot place Foster Grandparents in for-profit programs.

The Foster Grandparent Program is also seeking kid loving, income eligible, people, 55 years of age and older, who would enjoy tutoring children when the schools start up in the fall. 

The Foster Grandparent Program provides income eligible seniors a tax free monetary stipend, paid time off, reimbursement for travel to and from school.  Don’t drive? No problem, we can provide transportation.

Please call Area Agency on Aging and ask about the Foster Grandparent Program

570-265-6121, or toll free 1-800-982-4346

The Foster Grandparent Program is federally funded by AmeriCorps Seniors. The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Tioga counties.

The B/S/S/T Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is funded in part by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; the United Way of Bradford County; the Lycoming County United Way serving Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties; the United Way of Susquehanna County, Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation.