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Sept. 19, 2017
The Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs fall training will take place in Escanaba Oct. 3-5.
The twice-a-year training helps program staff throughout the state maintain quality programs despite stagnant funding levels, said Peggy Ramsden, Foster Grandparent Program Director at the Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency in Escanaba. Ramsden and MDSCAA Senior Companion Director Connie Maule are helping to organize the training.
“It’s very unusual for the training to take place in the U.P. We’re looking forward to being good hosts and providing some topnotch training opportunities,” Ramsden said. Thirty-five staff from throughout Michigan are expected for the event.
The welcome will be given by MDSCAA Executive Director Julie Moberg.
Training topics include elder law and advertising/recruiting tools. Speakers will present on reading strategies along with grief and stress management.
The Michigan association was formed in 1978 with a goal of helping members provide service in the face of stagnant or falling funding levels.
“Directors and their staff work hard each and every day recruiting and training volunteers to provide valuable services in the communities they serve,” Ramsden said.
Foster Grandparents are 55 years and older who provide person-to-person services to children with exceptional and special needs.
Senior Companion volunteers provide companionship and add richness to the lives of residents in assisted living homes, nursing homes, foster care homes and private homes. Senior Companion's efforts are aimed at helping others live as fully and independently as possible.