Gerontology Network’s Foster Grandparent Program will be the special recipients of well-earned gratitude, compliments of Gratitude Growing, the Michigan-based nonprofit that promotes giving gratitude to those who most deserve it.

This all new high energy event “Gratitude Growing Blast” will honor and show gratitude to over 100 older adults who serve as Foster Grandparents in Kent County. The blast is today, Friday, June 29th at 10:45am at the VFW Hall, 1535 Monroe Avenue NE, Grand Raids.   Featured guest speakers include the founder of Gratitude Growing, Little John, known as the Ambassador of Gratitude.  In addition Irish fiddler, Zachary Grant, will serenade the event with some Irish jigs.  The seniors will be presented with a memorable gift for their volunteer work to remind them of how grateful our community is for the positive impact the volunteers are making in children’s lives


The Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded program offered in Kent County through Gerontology Network.  It pairs older adult volunteers with children with special and academic needs to provide tutoring and mentoring in schools and child care centers.


Gratitude Growing is a nonprofit organization with a mission to lead a movement of gratitude, starting with those who most deserve it.  Their focus especially highlights the contributions seniors make by giving back their time, talent and wisdom to our community.


Gerontology Network is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the quality of life and promote the independence of older adults, their families and care providers.  Established in 1979, Gerontology Network ( offers a variety of services including older adult volunteer programs, training and education, counseling and case management, resource consulting, in-home respite, personal safety monitoring, behavioral health therapy, adult day services and personal care.