Catholic Charities Central MN Foster Grandparent Program

Who We Are

The Foster Grandparent Program is a nationally recognized intergenerational program. The Program provides the opportunity for persons age 55 and older to make valuable contributions to their communities. The Program brings together seniors and children to enjoy one another and learn in a positive, supportive environment. Foster Grandparents serve as volunteers and establish mentor relationships with children who have exceptional, emotional, and/or special needs.


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What We Do

The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors, age 55 and over, the opportunity to work with students in local schools, or other non-profit agencies where there are children who need extra assistance. The benefits to the volunteer are as great as those to the children. 90% of the Foster Grandparents have reported that volunteering gives them a sense of purpose. 76% have reported that their physical and mental health is significantly better when they volunteer.

The Foster Grandparent Program offers many benefits to those who participate, including a tax free reimbursement of $2.65 per hour, transportation reimbursement for mileage or for using a city bus, orientation, on-going training, health benefits and more.  The joy of helping children and getting frequent hugs seem to be among the “most mentioned” benefits!

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157 Roosevelt Road Suite 200
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Contact: Emily Chaphalkar
Phone: 320-229-4597
Fax: 320-253-7464
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