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Nonprofit receives grant to help temporarily separated families have space to eat together
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Brittni Curtis, left, hands a tool to Caroline Nix, right, as they join Lauren Samples Monday Nov. 13, 2017, inside the Hall County SAFFT visitation center putting together new furniture. The furniture is part of renovations funded by the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County as part of their Done in A Day projects. SAFFT provides services for biological families to visit with children in foster care and work toward reunification of the family. Volunteers helped create a kitchen setting. - photo by Scott Rogers
Rebecca Rusk reminisced on childhood meals cooked by mom, where TVs and cellphones were forbidden. “There we could just talk, converse, really get to know each other,” said Rusk, the director of operations and program development for SAFFT. SAFFT, Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together, will now have a renovated area for parents looking for the same formative bonding time with their children. The center helps parents and children who have been separated temporarily by Juvenile Court removal proceedings.