ROSWELL, Ga. — What began as a conversation to help the kids at HomeStretch have better access to educational resources through new laptops, turned into the first-of-its-kind Rotary Learning Lab.

The Rotary Clubs of Roswell, North Fulton and Milton partnered to receive a $10,000 grant from Rotary District 6900 to provide the seed funding for the lab. In addition to the grant funds, countless partners in the trades provided everything from design, materials and construction to electrical, HVAC and interiors. The total value of the project tops $100,000.

The Rotary Learning Lab will allow HomeStretch to expand its educational programs for youth and adults. Currently, students have tutoring available, but it is located at a remote site that can be hard for kids to visit when their parents are at work. The Rotary Learning Lab provides a place for students and tutors to meet right in their neighborhood.

Students will be able to attend school in the lab so their parents can continue to work.

The uses for the Rotary Learning Lab will expand from there, allowing HomeStretch to write new grant requests for additional educational programs.

Founded in 1993, HomeStretch has been guiding working homeless families toward increased self-reliance and stability. The organization provides supportive housing and programs that equip working families to regain and sustain permanent housing.

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