Dan McCarville is retiring as foster grandparent at Youth Shelter Care after six years of service.
"Grandpa Dan," as he is affectionately known at YSC, was honored Friday with a plaque and a bush, dedicated to him, planted ahead of the building's entrance.
Patty Harp, a paraeducator, worked with McCarville at YSC.
-Messenger photo by Brandon L. Summers
Jim Seward, YSC executive director, shakes hands with Dan McCarville, commending him on his years as a foster grandparent at YSC.
"Grandpa Dan has been with us for six years now at the shelter classroom and the kids really enjoy him so much," Harp said. "But he is retiring this year, and we're just really going to miss him and we really wanted to show him how much we appreciate him."
Family and friends were invited to join YSC staff in celebrating McCarville's years of service and participate in the dedication ceremony "so we can remember him always," Harp said.
McCarville said he enjoyed being a foster grandparent.
"I loved every minute of it," he said.
More than anything, McCarville said, he enjoyed working with the children and the camaraderie he shared with them.
"They're all different," he said. "A lot of them are very sad when they come here. I try to make them happy. I said, when I first started here, if I can make one child laugh before I left every day, it would be worth it. And I did this every day. I thoroughly love this place."
McCarville worked at a meat-packing plant for 24 years and at the hospital for 22 years, he said, before retiring. After, he dedicated himself to being a foster grandparent.
His contributions to YSC were many, Harp said.
"Grandpa Dan would work with the kids," she said. "He would help them with their school work. He would play games with them. He would give them advice, and talk with them."
Harp said she would miss Grandpa Dan.
"He's a wonderful man," she said.
According to Jim Seward, YSC executive director, McCarville volunteered more than 2,000 hours of service.
"We are blessed to have had Dan for the last six years. He will be missed," Seward said. "He's a great guy."