As we seek to emulate the Purpose Built Communities model, they are quick to offer our organization expert leadership and consultation through a dynamic team of experts dedicated to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through holistic community revitalization.
Berry College has been a valuable partner with us in a number of efforts. Whether they are sending volunteers to the South Rome Community Garden or helping us to develop and run the South Rome Early Learning Center, we would not be able to do what we do without their help. We always look forward to working with Berry faculty, staff, and students in current and future programs.
In our effort to provide quality educational opportunities to South Rome families, we have partnered with Rome City Schools to start the South Rome Early Learning Center. The Center is housed in two classrooms at Anna K. Davie Elementary School and is run by Berry College. We can't wait to see how this investment will pay out in the lives of the children of South Rome.
Wells Fargo was an investor in the housing efforts of the South Rome Alliance. Whether they are supporting financial literacy classes or giving a grant to help provide new appliances for one of our new homes, we know Wells Fargo will be there to support our work to provide a path to financial stability for South Rome Residents.
The Davies Shelter is a newer partner. As we work to bring better housing, education, economic development, and wellness to South Rome, we recently entered into a partnership with the Shelter to bring a vegetable farm to one of our properties along Pollock St. We will let the Shelter use 2 Acres of our land to grow fresh produce. The food will be used in the Shelter and excess produce will be sold out of their mobile market throughout South Rome and beyond. The farm will provide affordable healthy options for a food desert as well as job training to their residence. We look forward to further developing the area around the Davies Farm to provide even more amenities to a traditionally underserved neighborhood.
The Boys & Girls Club was constructed in 2008 and is the culmination of many years of hard work by community members, Club Staff, South Rome Alliance, Darlington School and Board Members. Boosted by the SPLOST, the South Rome Club adds a new dynamic to raising funds for the organization. Typically, the Boys & Girls Club does not accept children as young as 4 years old, but because of the success of our Early Learning Center, and because of our partnership with the South Rome Club, they make an exception for children who have been through our program.
Of course, there are too many donors to list here, many of whom would prefer to remain anonymous. However, we could not do what we do without these charitable partners. It takes a community to raise a community, and we cannot thank our community of donors enough for all they do.
As we work hard every year to help raise the funds needed to support the South Rome Early Learning Center, the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program has become a recent and valued partner. Through their organization, supporters of the Center can now redirect a portion of their GA taxes to support our school and the incredible work they do.