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Hope Meadows is an innovative residential community – a five-block small-town neighborhood where children adopted from foster care find permanent and loving homes, as well as grandparents, playmates and an entire neighborhood designed to help them grow up in a secure and nurturing environment. Residents belong to one of three groups often at risk of being marginalized in American society — kids caught in the child welfare system, families that adopt children with special behavioral and emotional needs, and retirees who are seeking continued purpose in their daily lives.
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Seniors becoming involved in the lives of the children at Hope Meadows is part of what the community is all about.
Each senior must go through a screening process that involves fingerprinting and a background check that takes upwards of three to four months.
"It just entails (at least) six hours a week per senior family," Keefe said. In addition to working with children directly, "it might include working as a crossing guard or working in the office."
In return for their work, the seniors receive reduced rent on three-bedroom apartments. They serve as mentors, tutors, companions and "grandparents" for the children.
Seniors are able to volunteer in whatever areas they feel comfortable, whether it's working with children, writing grants, tutoring children, playing basketball or babysitting.
"We live right next door to the Gossett kids. We adore them, and they seem to feel the same way," said Dave Keefe, 67.
"We had the kids over," said Yolanda, 61, "and they told us how to make pizza. We took them to the grocery store and bought all the ingredients (and said) 'This is what we like.'
"I think that the most rewarding thing is the child knows that they're loved ... and we're here to help you. It's not about us; it's about you growing up strong."