Nonprofits Team Up to Offer a Support Group to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Chandler

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Duet: Partners In Health & Aging and Clothes Cabin have formed a partnership to offer a support group and other resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in Chandler. The support group for grandparents and other kinship care providers will take place the third Friday of every month, beginning May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Clothes Cabin, located at 1100 N. Alma School Road, Ste. 9, in Chandler.

In this new collaboration, Clothes Cabin will provide the space for the monthly support group, which will be facilitated by Duet. Clothes Cabin’s current clients will be welcome at the Duet support group. Those who participate in the support group and are in need of clothing will be able to receive clothing, hygiene products and linens from Clothes Cabin.

“When I saw a notice that Duet was offering a grandparent support group in nearby Ahwatukee, I knew that I needed to reach out and see if we could get the same services in Chandler,” says Amanda Nosbisch, executive director of Clothes Cabin. “At Clothes Cabin, we serve around 7,000 unique individuals a year with clothing, hygiene and linens, and we know that a significant percentage of those clients are grandparents caring for their grandchildren. Knowing that Duet will be providing support and resources for our non-traditional families, in what can be an overwhelming and stressful transition for all, fills our hearts.”

“I joined Duet’s staff as the new Kinship Care Services Coordinator thanks to a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. One of my goals is to reach more grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship care providers so that they can benefit from Duet’s services and see that they are not alone in this new chapter of life,” says Jennifer Franzmeier, MAS-IFP. “In the support groups, grandparents are able to share the challenges and joys of raising their grandchildren, in addition to receiving validation and resources.”

Added to the new Chandler support group, Duet also recently launched a support group in Ahwatukee that meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 9-11 a.m., at Mountain View Lutheran Church. Duet also hosts support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship care providers in Mesa, Phoenix, Goodyear and Buckeye. 

To learn more about the new Chandler support group, and Duet’s other support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren, contact Jennifer Franzmeier at franzmeier@duetaz.org or call (602) 274-5022, ext. 114. 

About Duet: Partners In Health & Aging: Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. To volunteer, donate or ask for help, go to www.duetaz.org or call (602) 274-5022.

About Clothes Cabin: Clothes Cabin is located in Chandler and provides free clothing, hygiene and household linens to people in need. It is operated by One Small Step, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization. Our vision is that no person or family within our service area lacks the clothing they need to secure employment, succeed in school, maintain a healthy and hygienic life, and be socially accepted. To learn more, go to www.clothescabin.org or call (480) 285-4111.

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