Nearly 4,000 children and their foster families are served by Bloom Our Youth. New challenges arise from the continuing expansion of their services and service area, one of the inevitable being lack of space. The cheerfully renovated Hive now sits across the street from Bloom’s offices and the beautiful Bloom Closet. October 10th was the grand opening of this new multipurpose building. Clothes Less Traveled staff were honored to participate in this delightful event.
Not only will the Hive be their donation sorting space for the Bloom Closet, but it will also host their Bloom University classes. The Bloom Closet is a whimsical boutique where children and teens in the foster system come to shop for free. CLT guests were amazed at the design of the showroom and the quality of items for the shoppers. Donations for this project will now be received and processed by volunteers in the Hive building.
To prepare and educate Bloom’s foster parents, Bloom University teaches monthly classes addressing common issues foster children face. Bloom provides foster parents with evidence-based, trauma-informed training in order to help them succeed in re-shaping the youth’s lives. Also, because Bloom is licensed for medically fragile and therapeutic youth, many of our foster children need extra support. Bloom University is a valuable resource for foster parents to gain knowledge in managing a range of issues. The Hive’s classrooms provide a beautiful learning space for this essential education.
The Grand Opening event provided a wonderful tour of their new building and the opportunity to speak with volunteers, staff, and beneficiaries about Bloom and how they constantly push themselves to do more for the foster children of Georgia. Clothes Less Traveled is a long-time supporter of Bloom and we are excited to see this recent expansion serve the children of our community.