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COLFAX — Robyn Lee of New Auburn is a member of a growing group of people in Wisconsin — grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
Lee, the co-founder of the non-profit organization Beds 4 Kids, also is the leader of a group called “Grandparents and Others as Parents” (GAP).
“Are you raising a grandchild? So are we!” states the top of a flyer that Lee brought to the Colfax Messenger.
According to Lee, nearly 60,000 children in Wisconsin are being raised by grandparents.
“We’re trying to make people aware of GAP so we can draw more people to our meetings,” Lee said.
“We have speakers come in, and we have childcare available at no cost. Two Altoona high school girls come to watch the children so if grandparents have to bring kids with, there is childcare. A church in Bloomer provides a light lunch. It’s all free,” Lee said.
The focus of GAP is to provide support and awareness of services that are available.
The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River Pines Long-Term Concierge Care & Prairie Point Rehabilitation Suites at 206 N. Willson Drive in Altoona in Community Room #3 located in the center of the building.
People coming to attend the GAP meeting can park behind the building and enter through Rehab, then turn right down the hallway across from the coffee shop.
For more information, contact Robyn Lee at 715-827-1163 or by e-mail at email@example.com.