By BRENNA GRITEMAN
McCOMB — A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb.
Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18.
Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2).
Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made.
Ewing said the need for the McComb group was exposed through conversations with various community members, including parents at school conferences and other school personnel. While professional advice will be offered, she noted peers sharing their personal stories will offer fellow grandparents and single parents the chance to exchange support and shared experiences.
“Say it happens to you. You’re suddenly like, ‘Oh no! I have these kids to take care of. What do I do?'” she said.
Additionally, it will connect attendees with others who are facing the same challenges, as raising your grandchildren due to your child’s struggle with drugs or alcohol “is not something that everyone just runs out and tells,” Ewing said.
The Findlay group meets from 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays at Family Resource Center, 1947 Carlin St., and is open to all Hancock County residents.
For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email email@example.com.