Salvation Army's God Sent Grandparents Celebrate - Superintendent Of Pittsburgh Public Schools to Speak at April 27th Luncheon

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Salvation Army

    PITTSBURGH, April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- For the
 eighth consecutive year, The Salvation Army's God Sent Grandparents Support
 Group is gathering to celebrate.  This program, comprised of 84 local
 grandparents is faced with the daunting task of raising their own
 grandchildren.  They meet on a weekly basis to share their experiences and
 support with one another.  Guest speakers frequently lecture on budgeting,
 nutrition and other pertinent issues.  On Friday, April 27th from 11:00 am
 until 1:00 pm at The Salvation Army's downtown location, the group will hold
 their annual luncheon that recognizes their membership.
     Today, more than 3.9 million children live in households headed by a
 grandparent.  The statistics have been on a sharp incline for the past five
 years.  Although the circumstances are varied, in many cases the custodial
 parent is addicted, incarcerated, homeless or incapable of raising his or her
 own children.
     Membership has a wide age range.  The youngest is 44 and the oldest is 82.
 Some participants have raised multiple generations.  A variety of unique
 stressors affect those who are faced with reentering the world of care taking.
 In some cases, there may be an age gap of as many as 70 or more years.
 Coping with today's societal changes can be a challenge for someone who was
 raising children five decades ago.
     Dr. John Thompson, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools and a
 member of The Salvation Army's Greater Pittsburgh Advisory Board will serve as
 guest speaker.  His topic is "Save our Children."
     The Salvation Army's Divisional Headquarters building is located at
 424 Third Avenue.  It is the administrative hub of the organization's 28-
 county catchment area.
 
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    PITTSBURGH, April 25 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- For the
 eighth consecutive year, The Salvation Army's God Sent Grandparents Support
 Group is gathering to celebrate.  This program, comprised of 84 local
 grandparents is faced with the daunting task of raising their own
 grandchildren.  They meet on a weekly basis to share their experiences and
 support with one another.  Guest speakers frequently lecture on budgeting,
 nutrition and other pertinent issues.  On Friday, April 27th from 11:00 am
 until 1:00 pm at The Salvation Army's downtown location, the group will hold
 their annual luncheon that recognizes their membership.
     Today, more than 3.9 million children live in households headed by a
 grandparent.  The statistics have been on a sharp incline for the past five
 years.  Although the circumstances are varied, in many cases the custodial
 parent is addicted, incarcerated, homeless or incapable of raising his or her
 own children.
     Membership has a wide age range.  The youngest is 44 and the oldest is 82.
 Some participants have raised multiple generations.  A variety of unique
 stressors affect those who are faced with reentering the world of care taking.
 In some cases, there may be an age gap of as many as 70 or more years.
 Coping with today's societal changes can be a challenge for someone who was
 raising children five decades ago.
     Dr. John Thompson, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools and a
 member of The Salvation Army's Greater Pittsburgh Advisory Board will serve as
 guest speaker.  His topic is "Save our Children."
     The Salvation Army's Divisional Headquarters building is located at
 424 Third Avenue.  It is the administrative hub of the organization's 28-
 county catchment area.
 
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