In The Words of a Foster Grandparent

Gracie Cummings has been a Foster Grandparent with the Athens Community Council on Aging for nearly 16 years.  Below, we get her perspective as to why this is a meaningful program to her and her family.

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As a mother and grandmother I was always amazed by watching my children learn and grow using  the foundations that I worked so hard to build and instill;  I take great pride in seeing the young men they have and continue to become.  I instructed my children to show respect to others and earn others’ respect in return.  So as I look out over their lives today I know that I nurtured them with love and care and I am proud of the respectable men that have raised. 

The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) has allowed me to continue to nurture young impressionable lives through the Foster Grandparent Program.  Every day I am privileged to share the same love and care that I gave to my own sons to children in the community who need a little extra attention.  My intentions for these children are the same as I had for my own children, to raise strong young men of character and prepare them for the world and the  future ahead of them.  I want to make the best of every day that I have with my foster grandchildren so that I can make sure they understand the importance of earning good grades in school, learning how to interact with others and to always help others when they can.

Thank you Gracie, you have continued to make a difference in the lives of many children in the Athens area.  If you are interested in becoming a Foster Grandparent with the Senior Corps program, please give David a call at 706-549-4850 or email him at dlorren@accaging.org.


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