Honoring Rome Heroes

The recipients of the 2014 Heart of the Community Awards of Honor pose with their awards following the gala Saturday at The Forum. Shown in the front are Board of Governors Award honoree Frank Barron Jr. (from left), Esther Vaughn, Barbara Monday, Tracey Koehler and Dr. Lavonne Fore of Fore…

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Building Bridges with Berry: Part 2 A Students Perspective

Berry College is an institution that prides itself on teaching students the importance of service and community involvement. In theory, this is a great concept: students serve others with their head, heart, and hands. This is a mission that has been preached to my peers and me since we first…

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Building Bridges with Berry

I am truly inspired by my friends at DIGS and Skills for Life. These organizations provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to build friendships, learn new things, and increasingly have self determination to take charge of their lives!  Because of organizations such as these, our community offers experiences for…

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DIGS dream closer to reality

As Paul celebrated his 78th birthday, he stood admiring the inside of a nearly eight-year-old community dream, a personal care home for adults with developmental challenges. The Lamar & Barbara Paul home is at 30 Brookvalley Court. “Isn’t this wonderful,” Paul said with a smile directed at his 29-year-old grandson…

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Heart of The Community

Congratulations to Barbara, Tracey and Drew! They are among several other recipients of the Heart of The Community Award. As a parent of two sons with speech/language disabilities, Barbara Monday returned to school to earn her degree in Speech/ Language pathology. She wanted to make sure she could assist her…

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Anonymous Generosity

Just as a family received a pleasant surprise of generosity while out to eat with their autistic son back in September, so did DIGS, Inc. members, local college students and their Professor. On Friday November 8th, as the group was finishing up dinner at Bella Roma the waitress started handing out…

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DIGS assisted housing plan coming together

Article by Nick Godfrey, staff writer, Rome-News-Tribune A local nonprofit organization called DIGS — for Developing Independence, Growth and Security — plans to have a personal care home ready for occupancy by the first of December. “We’ve worked at this for about eight years,” said DIGS Board President Charles Schroeder….

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