The Hub Offers Help for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Only two programs in Wyoming offer help for grandparents raising grandchildren.

One, according to Stella Montano, is in Cheyenne. The other is here in Sheridan and is provided through The Hub on Smith Street.

Montano knows about the Sheridan program because, as The Hub's director of family caregiver services, she's the facilitator for the grandparents' program. In fact, she said, the program helps others besides grandparents.

Montano said the Sheridan program has been going for about three years, and the funding she receives from the state allows her to provide meetings once a month for support and training for those older people who find themselves once more raising children. In fact, Montano said, the group in Sheridan includes some people raising great-grandchildren.

And in addition to providing programs for the adults, she said, she also has to find activities to engage the children that frequently accompany the adults to meetings.

She said usually 25 to 30 people, adults and children, attend the monthly meetings. The meetings are a mix, sometimes formal programs to provide information that the adults may need to help them raise their second families, other times just a discussion of attendees among themselves, talking about their lives and the issues they're dealing with.

Montano said the meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month, starting with dinner at 5:30 p.m. They're open free to anyone who wants to come. All the people have to do, Montano said, is show up.

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