GRCC support group, training session for grandparents raising grandchildren



Leah Nixon, Director of Communications


GRCC support group, training session for grandparents raising grandchildren

April 8, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grandparents who find themselves raising their grandchildren don’t have to go it alone. Grand Rapids Community College has organized a support group and a special training session featuring a nationally recognized gerontologist and author.

Henry Holstege will share information about trends and issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren during a luncheon and training session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 in room 108 of GRCC’s Sneden Hall, 415 E. Fulton St. NE.

Holstege and Mike Faber, associate director of GRCC’s Older Learner Center, are the co-authors of the recently published Introduction to Aging: A Positive, Interdisciplinary Approach. During the April 18 luncheon, Faber will share information about local, state and national resources available to assist grandparents who are raising grandchildren. The event will also include small group discussions.

According to the U.S. census, 7 million grandparents had grandchildren younger than 18 living with them in 2010.

“Grandparents are increasingly involved in the lives of their grandchildren, and the challenges facing grandparents helping to raise their grandchildren can be daunting,” Faber said. “This is why we have designed this special luncheon training to educate and recognize the heroic efforts of grandparents.”

A support group for caregiving grandparents gives them the opportunity to share their experiences; explore ways to deal with homework, legal, discipline and other issues; and gain information from the professional community. It meets 9-11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at United Methodist Community House, 904 Sheldon Ave. SE. For more information, contact Faber at (616) 234-3483 or

GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation, or have questions about accessibility, please call the Older Learner Center at (616) 234-3483 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.