Commissioner Burdick presided over Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Day in Palm Beach County
West Palm Beach, FL– On Wednesday, September 5th the subcommittee of the Palm Beach County Family Caregiver Coalition held a celebration luncheon honoring grandparents raising grandchildren. There are more than 15,000 grandparents managing these responsibilities in Palm Beach County. In recognition of National Grandparents Day, Commissioner Paulette Burdick presented a first of its kind Proclamation honoring the caregivers, and designated September 5, 2012 as “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Day” in Palm Beach County. Michelle McGovern was also in attendance on behalf of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
Subcommittee members included: American Association of Caregiving Youth, Families First of Palm Beach County, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Morse Life, and Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service/University of Florida. “It was great to have an event that recognizes grandparents and all they do for the grandchildren in their care,” said Denise Chin Program Director of Kin Support with Families First. “They are the unsung heroes who are an inspiration to us all!”
The luncheon was held at Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service and festivities included entertainment, door prizes, and soul line dancing. More than 90 participants including grandparents, children, and community service providers attended the celebration.
For additional information and resources for grandparents raising grandchildren, please call Families First - 561-318-4224, MorseLife 561-289-8578, or GRandS Program 561-233-1742. National Grandparents Day was September 9th and is the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Pictured: (l) Ronney Wiener (MorseLife); Lisa Cunningham (PBC Cooperative Extension/UF); Connie Siskowski (American Association of Caregiving Youth); Commissioner Paulette Burdick; Judith Migdal-Mack (Legal aid Society of PBC); Denise Chin (Families First of PBC); Sue Bartolomeo (PBC Cooperative Extension/UF)
Families First is helping families learn how to become productive and successful members of their community. We have established a 22 year history of ensuring families develop resiliency to crisis situations, learning how to increase and maintain social connections, and enhance the knowledge and implementation of parenting and child development skills. Our staff works with each of our 1,300 families in Palm Beach County teaching them how to create a safe, secure, and nurturing environment for their children. Families who seek to build a better quality of life for their children benefit from the agency's six diverse programs that provide a way to reduce barriers impacting family stability. Please visit our web site at www.FamiliesFirstPBC.org.