Museum and YWCA Partner to Support Grandparents

Posted February 22, 2016 at 1:07 pm     Category: Cape Fear Museum

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum is proud to offer quality exhibitions and educational programs at a reasonable price. Still, paying admission to the Museum is beyond the means of some families in our area. And the children whose parents and schools cannot afford museum admission are often the ones who need the services most. While Cape Fear Museum offers free admission the first Sunday of each month to New Hanover County residents, there is always room to do more.

To further our commitment to provide Museum access to families that cannot afford the cost of admission, the Cape Fear Museum Associates board launched a new Community Membership program. For only $50, the community could buy a Community Membership for a family. Many individuals have generously contributed to the Community Membership program allowing the Museum to provide membership to scores of new families. The Cape Fear Museum Associates are partnering with the YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s Grandparent Support Network (GSN) to distribute the first free family memberships to those who otherwise would be unable to access Museum programs.

The YWCA’s Grandparent Support Network (GSN) is a support group for grandparents and other relatives providing full time care to children. GSN brings grandparents and their grandchildren together once a week throughout the year at First Presbyterian Church. The weekly program offers participants individual and group counseling, case management, tutoring/mentoring and a hot meal. Ninety-five percent of the children served are below the poverty level, 60% of the children served have been diagnosed with a mental health issues and 85% of the children served are minority. GSN sustains 75-80 children and 40-45 grandparent caregivers every year.

Several outcomes for caregivers and their children include increased feelings of support, decreased use of physical discipline, increased social and emotional support to children, increased resource connection, increased self-esteem regarding parenting and increased parenting skills. One hundred percent of children have no significant juvenile justice involvement, 60% of children are on the honor roll and 100% of GSN children graduate high school. To learn more about the YWCA’s GSN program, please visit www.ywca-lowercapefear.org or call (910)799-6820.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a department of New Hanover County, is located at 814 Market Street. The Museum is open Monday -Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is free to all museum members. For non-members, general admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.

The YWCA Lower Cape Fear is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1914 as a member of the national YWCA, an autonomous women’s movement. We are committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic, and economic groups. The YWCA provides leadership in our community, nation, and world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. For more information please visit ywca-lowercapefear.org or facebook.com/ywcalowercapefear.

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