Valley of Hope Support Group

While in Inez, Kentucky, on a mission trip, Debby Hostetter met a grandmother that had just be given guardianship of her granddaughter. The grandmother was feeling over whelmed with this responsibility. Upon hearing this story many memories were brought back to Hostetter when she was being raised by her grandparents.

Once back home, Hostetter checked with a lot of people about how many grandparents were in this role as parents. There are more than 100,000 children now being raised by people that are not their parents, with only four support groups in Missouri for the caregivers.

Hostetter started the first Valley of Hope Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Sedalia in July 2013. By October 2013, the first meeting was hosted in Quincy, Illinois, where Debby had started a second support group. A third support group was started in Warsaw in October 2014. In July 2015, a fourth support group will be starting in Rolla.

The support group meetings offer a place to come and talk, and Valley of Hope also acts as a hub for area agencies to help caregivers with purchasing clothes, groceries and toys, enrolling the children in school, finding doctors, dentists, daycares and attorneys.

By offering daycare at the meetings, the group also gives the children a place to come and bond with other children being raised by someone that is not their parent.

For more information, email [email protected]

Duplicate Bridge Club

The Sedalia Duplicate Bridge Club met at the Senior Service Center on June 25, with the following results: Ruth Ann Heinzler and Charlie Peterson, both of Marshall, first place. Gene Evans, of Warrensburg, and Charlie Huddleston, of Sedalia, second place. Shirley Meuschke and Bernadette Cleary, both of Marshall, third place. Richard Dimond, of Warsaw, and Harry Satterwhite, of Sedalia, fourth place.

Sedalia Democrat
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