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Foster Grandparent Program fills a gap for children, seniors

Sid Hastings

Foster Grandparent Frank Weeden, right, helped a University City Children’s Center student put on his coat before going outside to play at the center in University City Oct. 28. The Foster Grandparent Program administered by Cardinal Ritter Senior Services puts volunteers at the center in University City and at other sites in the St. Louis area.

The pre-school teacher gave the little boy his coat, and he immediately ran to "Grandpa Frank" for assistance.

In another classroom at the University City Children's Center, a girl sat on the lap of "Grandma Ann" listening intently as the volunteer read a book to her.

The early learning center serves children from six weeks to 6 years old. The volunteers are from the Foster Grandparent Program operated by Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, a Catholic Charities agency providing a continuum of care to senior adults throughout the archdiocese.

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