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Seniors need ‘incentives’

Many memories come to my mind as a grandmother in the “Foster Grandparent Program.” This program has changed my life and the lives of many other grandparents.

I’m appreciative and grateful to be on board with this program. What an experience this is for us to work with the children and how comforting it is to know that every morning, we rise up determined to overcome our illnesses, loneliness, depressions, and other issues.

The truth is that our spirits are filled with joy as we arrive at the daycare because the kids see us as their own grandmothers and we see them as our grandchildren. We become attracted to them and when they go to another classroom or school, nostalgia invades us, but we are happy to have given them our love and experience.

When the children remember us and say, “Hello Grandma,” it gives us joy to hear them with their little tender voices. And, on many occasions, their parents and teachers are grateful and bring words of praise to us.

I thank the administration of the Foster Grandparent Program, The Salvation Army, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for having put this wonderful program in place for us, the seniors. Your program is an incentive for our lives.

—Volunteer Lidia Noboa

 

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