In year-end evaluations, teachers reported that 88% of students assigned to a Foster Grandparent improved their reading performance and 91% of students improved their overall academic performance.
There are no educational requirements to become a Foster Grandparent, and volunteers donate between 15 to 40 hours per week at their assigned school. They act as role models by being a dependable and positive influence on children as they provide support, encouragement, and empathy throughout the school day.
The Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Illinois Department on Aging. It is sponsored locally by Senior Services Plus, Inc. in Alton.
For more information about the Foster Grandparent Program, contact the program coordinator.
618-465-3298 Ext. 134
FGP Project Coordinator
618-465-3298 Ext. 135
Our travel program at Senior Services Plus, Inc. travels around the state, the country, and the world. We offer safe and affordable trips with comfortable transportation. We handle all reservations to take the hassle out of traveling. Tour groups have visited beautiful places in Europe, Central America, Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, Texas, and Canada. Closer-to-home destinations have included casino trips, stage performances, cultural events, and other local towns.
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SSP is proud to now be home to the area Ombudsman program. The Ombudsman program was developed to provide advocacy for seniors and disabled adults who reside in long-term care facilities and is required in each state by the federal government. This program helps residents get relief from abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and inadequate living conditions and gives them a voice to assist them in getting the type of care that they need. This program also works to encourage long-term care facilities to adopt a more resident-centered approach that gives residents more choices and creates a more home-like atmosphere. The Ombudsman program also provides facility and community education, supports resident and family councils, and advocates for legislation that improves the rights of long-term facility residents.
At SSP, we cover the St. Louis Metro East counties that include all long-term care facilities in Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties in Illinois. We have five full-time Ombudsmen including two at SSP in Alton and two in our Belleville office. For complaints and concerns from residents or others, you can call 800-322-4049 to make a report.
To find out more or to see if you qualify, you may visit the Illinois Department on Aging’s website here.