The Grandparents House (Granparan Kay in Creole) is an elderly housing program established by the Jerusalem Baptist Church (JBC) many years ago to help provide for elderly who had no family and no means of support. In past years, FFL has been involved to a limited extent but more recently we are working to develop a more robust program to help these “elder orphans” with their daily needs. Previously, the monthly stipend was based on available funds and typically $150 US was sent monthly to help with expenses and give the residents a small amount to buy their own food.
In 2016 the FFL began to focus more on the real need and along with input from Pastor Dasnis, a monthly budget goal of $705 has been established. We currently have 10 residents living at the Grandparents House, and this monthly amount provides two meals a day prepared by a cook, as well as morning coffee. In addition, a small cash stipend is given to each resident, giving them a sense of independence. Many continue to work using the stipend funds as seed money to start small businesses selling peanuts, shining shoes, or weaving fish nets out of recycled materials. Visiting medical teams will visit the Grandparents to give wellness check ups and provide medications as needed.
More monthly sponsors are needed to meet the budget and keep this much improved situation going. A monthly donation of $70 will pay for the care of one grandparent. Can you partner with us to care for a grandparent each month?