Phase 1 Challenge for Restoration Rome

Last week I told you about our need to raise some funds to complete our construction of the comprehensive care center Restoration Rome Center for Foster Care Services.

In response to that a dear church member wanted to give $100 and challenge other folks in our church to give the same about with the desire that we can recruit other people from other churches and the community to also give $100. 2,000 folks giving $100 gets us to the goal we set.

So, we challenged Three Rivers Church to give $100 to Restoration Rome.

The Jolly family has accepted the challenge, and we have given this amount to Restoration Rome. Will you do it and get someone else to join you?

We can do this Rome, GA.

If you are a member of another church, please don’t take from your giving to give to us. Give in addition to giving to your church. The “tithe” should not be divided and spread out. Give it to your church for her glorious mission to disciple the nations. Give the $100 in addition to that. Be generous.

We are giving in addition to our “tithe”. Here is our biblical incentive:

Proverbs 11:24 (ESV) One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

If you are not a Christian or are from another faith background, there is no greater cause in our city than making sure we can take care of the children in our city/county with a unified effort.

So, will you join us?

You can give here Give to Restoration Rome

Or, if you’d like to give the old faithful way, you can mail an actual check to P.O. Box 707, Rome, GA 30162

Thanks for reading and considering helping us out.

 

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Help Complete Phase 1 at Restoration Rome

There is a nasty storm that is growing nationally, and we’ve been swallowed by that storm locally for quite some time right here in Rome, Georgia.

Here is an article that speaks to that storm, and it speaks to exactly why we are doing what we are doing at Restoration Rome. Read this article, please: Fighting the Opioid and Foster Crisis by Supporting Families

With the number of foster children on the rise nationally, the solution is not merely adoption, but the rescue of the family unit. What greater cause for the church, right? This is our fight, and it is clearly written in Scripture that we are to act. You really don’t have to pray about this one dear Christian.

Currently, we have 287 children in care and 28 available homes in Rome/Floyd County. There is much work to be done to “flip” those numbers so that we have more homes than children needing care and available services to the biological families.

We have been working on this challenge for 11 years, while many have been serving in this field for more years than we can count.

Many of us have fostered and adopted. Many of us have provided respite. Many of us have provided meals. Many of us have provided transportation. Many have sorted clothes. Many of us serve in board/governance roles. Many of us have provided volunteer labor in a hundred ways. It’s impossible to name all the ways it takes to care for our children in Rome. But we are making progress. 

At Restoration Rome, we are working to provide comprehensive care for children, biological parents and foster / adoptive families. The end is to make reunification with the biological family happen through supporting and seeing the restoration of that family unit. If restoration can’t happen, we seek to see adoption happen. All of this work needs to take place within the appropriate time to minimize trauma on the child and speed up the ability to move forward in life with health and wholeness. An over-loaded system creates extended time in limbo. We can’t be fine with that. We have to work to make things right. 

In our partnership with the city of Rome, we are repurposing the old South East Elementary School to provide the services necessary to address the crisis and bring healing in the name of Jesus Christ.

Check out www.restorationrome.org

This work is happening in four phases. 

Although much of the work has been done on phase 1, we still need your help to complete the visitation center to effectively serve our families. Make no mistake, we are serving families and the work is advancing. We, however, want to get the center functioning at envisioned and necessary capacity. We would like to raise $200,000 to finish the task of phase 1. I would love to talk to you in person or over the phone about how you can help us reach our goal. 

Would you perhaps email or call me? I’d be glad to take you to lunch and share the vision. If you are out of town, please call and we can speak in person. 

We have made progress since the last post, but we need to get over the top and complete this phase. 

Will you help us?

Contact me at mitch@threeriversc.org or 706-766-0942.

I look forward to working with you to make this happen.