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Any business or individual interested in supporting the new SAFFT facility can learn more at http://safft.org or by calling Ashley Anderson at (770) 886-9505.
A nonprofit that helps adoptive and foster families is seeking corporate sponsors as it moves into a new facility.
Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together, or SAFFT, is in the process of relocating to a new 10,000-square-foot building on Castleberry Road near the Cumming Fairgrounds.
The organization’s current home is on Veterans Memorial Boulevard and provides a family visitation center, in which families of children in the care of the Department of Family and Children Services and juvenile justice can safely visit with them.
SAFFT also provides outings and other support for adoptive and foster families.
Ashley Anderson, executive director, said the existing facility is about 2,000 square feet, so the space in the new building will allow SAFFT to provide additional programs and services.
“We’ll have two entrances versus one so we’ll be able to add some additional services for domestic violence victims and children,” she said. “We’ll also be able to provide services to three times the number of families that we have today.”
Through its fall corporate campaign, businesses can help out through a range of options.
Companies can buy a brick for the lobby of the new facility for a donation of $500, or become a room sponsor for gifts ranging from $1,500 to $5,000.
“Whoever sponsors that room … it will be named after them for the year,” Anderson said. “We want to get every room in the center sponsored because it helps fill those rooms and provide that programming.”
Businesses can also become a lifetime sponsor of SAFFT with gifts of $5,000 to $10,000.
In addition, Anderson said, individuals and families can get involved by purchasing a “compassion brick” for $100 to $250.
The organization is also seeking donors to commit to providing small gifts over the course of a year.
“We’re doing something called the 200 Campaign and that’s where we’re looking for 200 individuals to contribute $25 a month for one year,” Anderson said. “They can do that monthly or make a one-time donation of the $300.
“Once we reach our goal of 200 people, we’ll get T-shirts printed with all 200 names and they’ll be distributed to every adult and child that we serve.”
Anderson said she and other SAFFT leaders are thrilled to be moving into the new space, which they hope to have ready by sometime in October.
“There’s a lot more room, so a lot more opportunity for the kids and families to interact with each other and really develop relationships,” she said. “We’ll also have more space to support the adoptive and foster families as well.
“We’ll have a new and improved resource closet, we’ll have a much bigger space to do family night out events and … we’ve turned a warehouse into a gym area with a stage so we’ll be able to do shows for the kids and speaking engagements for the community.
“It’s all really exciting.”