Auberle Helps Host Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Tribute, Oct. 5

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Auberle and Sisters of Mercy will host a tribute event for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The tribute is part of a larger effort to support grandparents who are parenting grandchildren.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Tribute
'This event is one way to encourage grandparents who have just assumed responsibility for their grandchildren.' -Georgine Scarpino, GRG Coordinator

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Program sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and supported by Auberle will host a tribute and luncheon to grandparents who are raising grandchildren in McKeesport and Mon Valley communities on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11:00 a.m. at McKeesport Presbyterian Church. Honorable Cynthia Baldwin, Bob Macey, Allegheny County Councilman and Alison Piccolino, Aide to Senator James Brewster, will present tributes, certificates of appreciation and proclamations to GRG Program participants. The event is open to the community. Tickets can be purchased for $7 at the event.

“The grandparents who have successfully raised their grandchildren deserve credit for their love and care,” said Georgine Scarpino, RSM, GRG Program Coordinator. “This event is one way to thank them and encourage grandparents who have just assumed responsibility for their grandchildren.”

The event will honor four grandparents, two volunteers and the City of God Foundation who has repeatedly funded the group’s garden project. Honorees include Larelda Christian who has raised multiple grandchildren in addition to her own children. Christian has two children, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and she personally raised four of her grandchildren through high school.

Auberle became involved with the GRG Program over two years ago to facilitate the grandparents support group. An Auberle staff member meets with grandparents once a month to discuss issues and challenges that the group is experiencing while raising their grandchildren. The group currently has ten GRG participants in the McKeesport location and added a second site in Bridgeville last year. GRG has partnered with Pitt Today to assist with the garden project and Sisters of Mercy Associates who help with special events and babysitting. The GRG Program is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy

Auberle is a faith-based Catholic organization that was recognized as Agency of the Year by the Alliance for Children and Families, the largest network of human service organizations in the country. Auberle’s services include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education, workforce development, drug and alcohol and mental health programs.

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Founded in 1952, Auberle serves over 3,000 at-risk children and families annually in eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, we offer 16 programs including preventative and community-based services, with 60% of our clients served in their home, school or in their community. Auberle’s services include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education, workforce development, drug and alcohol and mental health programs. Auberle is a recipient of the Wishart Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management and was named Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Children and Families, the largest network of human services organizations in the United States.

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