Volunteers help work on dining hall for Fostering Bulloch’s 7th Mile Farm

Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 5:20 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 25, 2023 at 11:31 PM EST
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BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - A group in Bulloch County continues to expand a retreat where foster kids and their families can go and grow.

Step by step, 7th Mile Farm outside Statesboro moves forward with help from people and companies that want to see it move from a dream to reality.

Chris Yaughn sometimes looks in amazement at what he sees so far. He and others from Fostering Bulloch took 30 acres that had been a golf course and turned it into a retreat and campground for foster families and other special-case kids.

“We’re absolutely intentional about creating a controlled, safe environment for our kids so they can let down the walls and barriers they have just to survive in daily life,” said Chris Yaughn with 7th Mile Farm.

They hold camps in the summer designed to help kids overcome their circumstances. A team from Aspen Aerogels, one of Bulloch County’s newest industries, is spending this week painting in the dining hall.

“There’s so many things to do here between Fostering Bulloch, 7th Mile Farm. There’s lots of opportunities to volunteer. Chris as got a lot of projects he needs done,” said Brian McCarter with Aspen Aerogels.

Yaughn says they now have the space to house 100 people at a time and help brighten lives and he hopes they can continue to grow to help even more.

Yaughn says one of the most exciting things is seeing new people or groups get on board.