Mar 15, 2013 7:08 PM by Akeam Ashford

From Grandparents to Foster-Grandparents

The Lafayette Council on Aging (lcoa) connects already grandparents to serve as 'Foster' grandparents in pre-schools and head start programs. The program currently has over 100 seniors who serve the community each year.

Annually, these volunteers contribute approximately 100,00 hours of service to abused or neglected children, mentor troubled teens and young mothers, and provide care to premature infants and children with physical disabilities.

Helen Comeaux, who is 90 years old joined the program eight years ago. "well i always did like to volunteer; it keeps me young," says Comeaux.

Rita Canonge, is program director at Progressive Child Development Academy says, "granny Helen is that person who's love demonstrates non-failure, she is in love with these kids, and theres is nothing that she would not do for these kids."

The program will hold their annual recognition luncheon April 24, at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center.

For more information visit the the Council on Aging website, or call (337) 262-5990.



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