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HISTORY

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Bloom is a private, non-profit organization that was founded in 1986 by a group of Fayette County citizens recognizing the need for children to have a safe refuge from abuse and neglect. The group formed the Fayette Youth Protection Home, Inc., our original name. Our first group home for children, the Jim Friday Home, opened in northern Fayette County in 1989. We established a relationship with Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes to provide the clinical services and staff for the children. Our second facility, the Asden Johnson Home located in Brooks, Georgia, opened in 1998. In 2005, the two homes were consolidated into one home, the Friday-Johnson Home in Brooks.

Bloom responded to the rising number of displaced children under the age of 6 in need of care and expanded its services in 2007. A new, private foster care program was launched. Bloom became licensed to recruit, train and support a network of family foster care homes to serve children of all ages.

In 2008, Executive Director Becky Davenport organized a clothes closet in an unused office basement with the goal of providing clothing and supplies for the Friday-Johnson Home children as well as other Fayette County foster children. The original name of the program was Gracie’s Closet and was later changed to The Bloom Closet.  Donations from the community snowballed, and foster parents signed up in droves to “shop” for their foster children. By October, 2012 the organization hired a full-time Store Manager and in January, 2013 moved into an 8,000 square foot building.  Over past year, The Bloom Closet provided free clothing, books, toys, school supplies and baby gear to over 1,200 foster children from 60 Georgia counties.

Mission & Values 

Bloom provides safe shelter and physical, educational and emotional support to children who have been victims of abuse, neglect or other tragic circumstances, in order to strengthen them for the next phase of life.

Our programs are based upon the conviction that….

Each child is an individual, with the right to the kind of care that meets his/her needs regardless of sex, race, creed, national origin or social circumstance.

It is important to preserve and strengthen the child’s relationship with family members when possible.

Each youth has a right to stability, security, continuity and a plan for permanence.