Six Fort Hays State University Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions were honored for their service in Hays at the February in-service meeting Feb. 1 at Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Foster Grandparents honored for their service were Karen Noon and Gloria Pfannenstiel for 10 and five years, respectively.
Foster Grandparents serve in schools and day care and Head Start centers, providing assistance to children and youth needing one-on-one attention with classwork. They model appropriate social behaviors, they are a listening ear and another set of eyes and hands for the teacher.
Senior Companions also were recognized at the meeting: Sister Loretta Clare Flax of Hays for seven years of service; Gloria Desch of Hays for 12 years; Nancy Wright of Ellis for four years; and Rosalie Renz of Rush Center for eight years with the program. The individuals provide support to frail, disabled and isolated adults, helping them remain independently in their homes. They also provide respite care for family caregivers. There is no cost to those who receive the services.
Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions receive certain benefits for their time helping others: a tax-free stipend, travel allowance, paid vacation and sick leave, and accident and liability insurance.
The programs are sponsored by Fort Hays State University, funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service and receive local support from Ellis and Rush counties and the city of Ellis. For information, call FHSU at (785) 628-5809.