Grands Stepping Up is a non-profit corporation dedicated to assisting grandparents/kinship guardians who are raising their grandchildren, primarily due to many issues such as the opiate epidemic, incarceration, mental health issues, death or illness of the parents that cause the parents to have the inability to fitness in their traditional parental roles; to assist by the creation of many holistic programs (to include Denis’ Pantry & Free Store, as the only program that will also be offered to all community residents) that will support the new grand family financially, psychologically, legally and socially to support the success of the new family unit; to educate governing county agencies and entities , as well as primary care physicians, school districts, etc. regarding the complexity of the Grand/Kinship families’ needs.
We have a Legal Clinic for our grand/kin families. We have numerous lawyers ready to volunteer covering areas including custody, adoption, landlord/tenant, real estate, criminal, and others. Payment is a sliding scale based on income.
A trauma-based family counseling program that assists in dealing with the plethora of mental health/behavioral issues of the grandchildren. e.g. Adjustment disorders, abandonment issues, depression and anxiety that may accompany the children as they adjust to a new family unit and continue living with one. We also offer physical/occupational services.
Our Year-Long Holidays Program launched in August and continues to grow
There will be an emergency fund set up for any grandfamily in danger of losing electric, heat, water, or in danger of eviction. This will be approved on a case by case basis. This fund will provide the grandparents/kinship guardians holistic support as they navigate through the system of Financial issues that accompany their journey as they accept the challenge of becoming parents again in their new role.
An organized volunteer program will be set up to recruit, train and retain volunteers to assist in all of the programs. This volunteer program will support the specific ideas and needs of the professionals that wish to give back. If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact Karen Barnes 610-355-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*ON HOLD DUE TO COVID
This program will be started to support the social desires of the grandchildren to participate in sports, dance, theatrics, gymnastics, etc. This fund will be created and marketed to enhance the social lives of the grandchildren and pay for fees and equipment for each particular experience. This program will support the grandparents to not have to encounter fees and financial burden to them for their grandchildren to participate in local CYO activities/township yearly sport groups, school sports and activities and any other social engagement