The staff and Board of Directors for Global Impact International are proud to announce that The Restoration Rome Center for Foster, Adoption, and Family Services was recently named a State of Hope site by the Georgia State Division of Family and Children’s Services. Restoration Rome was also selected as 1 of only 5 sites to receive grant funding and specialized technical assistance from the state.
According to Interim Division Director, Tom Rawlings, “After over a year of planning and design, the Georgia State Division of Family and Children’s Services launched the State of Hope Grant application process on June 25th at the Destination Hope event in Augusta, GA. After a robust application cycle, we are excited to announce that over 60 BIG IDEAS from all over the state were submitted for consideration. Of those applications, 46 were selected to be State of Hope sites. An additional 11 were selected to be Emerging sites. All sites will be invited to become part of a larger learning community – the Hope Ecosystem.”
“The State of Hope supports grass-roots, innovative efforts that focus on one or more of the four opportunities for hope: Education, Being/Becoming Trauma-Informed, Quality Care Giving and Economic Self-Sufficiency. These are the priority areas that we believe will have the greatest impact on keeping children safe, strengthening families and empowering communities. The goal is to create Communities of Hope in each of Georgia’s 14 regions.”
The State of Hope funds awarded to Restoration Rome will be applied toward completion of the new Comprehensive Care Center for Foster Children. This one of a kind facility will house triage, safe haven, and supervised visitation services for foster children. The center is a collaborative effort of multiple agencies designed to improve foster care services in the community from intake to permanent placement.
The Comprehensive Care Center is the first phase of a four phase $2.2 million Restoring Hope Capital Campaign that is strategically renovating the old Southeast Elementary School building into a centralized hub for foster care services in Floyd County. Since the launch of the campaign in February, more than 100 foster families have received clothing and supplies, more than 100 local children have been enrolled in after-school enrichment programs, more than 350 volunteers have served on site, and 3 families have been reunified through supervised visitation.