October Missions Spotlight
Foster Care Support Team
In March of 2016, 417 Floyd County children were living in foster care. By August of 2018, that number had been reduced to 271. The downtrend is really good news, but there is still much to be done. Because we do not have enough foster homes in Floyd County, only 34% of our children are placed here. More foster families and homes are needed. The combined good work and efforts of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center, Restoration Rome, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Services and Lutheran Services provide needed support and care for children and families in our area.
In 2017, under the leadership of Kirsten Taylor and Gordon Leiter, Rome First UMC formed a Foster Care Support Team in partnership with a local foster family. A meal was provided each week, with special support as needed. Within a year, the foster family was able to adopt all 5 siblings, ranging in ages from 1 to 10.
Meals and More
We are looking for a volunteer Meals and More Coordinator. It’s easy, it’s fulfilling, it makes a real difference in the lives of people in need in our community. It’s only once a quarter and it happens right here, Tuesday 3:30-5pm, in the Wilder Center. If you’re looking for a way to be more involved and would like to know more, contact Cathy@romefirst.org