Posted on Hometown Headlines – December 27, 2017
The growing mission of Restoration Rome and the emerging collaboration among area nonprofits.
Since the start of the Christmas holidays, the YMCA of Rome and Floyd County has teamed with Restoration Rome to provide a free, nutritious lunch from noon until 1 p.m. at Restoration Rome, 1400 Crane St. It is available for anyone 18 and under, and includes some other activities as well.
It is a benefit for students out of school who benefit from free meals programs. But it also is another sign of collaboration between nonprofits in our community when it comes to serving those in need. The Y, Restoration Rome and others continue to find ways to offer resources that might not be available through other means, or else to channel and showcase if needed what services exist that might not be as apparent as needed.
This collaboration, and the expanding mission of Restoration Rome, indeed has us excited about 2018.
Another example is a seminar set for Jan. 11 and 12 at the campus of Restoration Rome, the former Southeast Elementary School. A highly recognized program to “meet the complex needs of vulnerable children” is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days. The mission of TBRI: To educate and equip caregivers with knowledge and skills that empower them to provide healing care for children who have experienced trauma.” Scheduled to attend at training specialists Daren Jones, Sarah Mercado and Katie Thornton from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. Lunch is provided both days and the sessions qualify for continuing education credits for those in the field. You can call 706-346-6419 or visit Restorationrome.org.
Why we’re excited: That’s just one of the ways the organization under the direction of Jeff and Mary Margaret Mauer helps the community. In recent months, Restoration Rome worked with area churches to expand the spotlight on the critical need for foster care in our community. The November event was part of a nationwide push called Stand Sunday.
Another example: Creating a supervised visitation option for non-custodial parents and their children with a “third person responsible for observing and seeking to ensure the safety of those involved.”
The new year: And much more is on the way, including new construction on the former school campus and a continuing expansion of the overall mission. It’s no small task already as the branding statement includes these objectives: Assisting children in the care of DFCS; at-risk families; foster and adoptive families; and the catch-all: “the underserved of Rome and Floyd County.”
Look for another announcement in mid-January. And we expect to hear more in 2018 about plans to help local nonprofits collaborate, perhaps with the assistance of an established group already serving our community. That collaboration — as well as that offered by Restoration Rome, the Y and other partners — is a priority in the new year.