The Rome Home
The Rome Home is a wonderful, beautiful, stately Victorian Era home in the historic section of the City of Rome, NY.
When you visit, the first thing you will notice is the original hitching post near the curb out front. It instantly calls to mind days gone by when there would have been a horse and buggy standing patiently out front waiting for its passengers. The very next thing that calls your attention is the wide front porch with its hanging flower baskets and porch rockers beckoning you to sit a spell with a glass of lemonade and pass the time reminiscing.
The Rome Home is committed to maintaining its fine facilities. Over the years the building has been improved with a sprinkling system, modern food storage, new carpeting and furnishing, paid for by private foundation grants, contributions from the public and interest on investments. The Rome Home pursues several avenues to insure that everything is in excellent condition.
An annual tea was established as a means of enabling friends of residents and the public to contribute produce from their gardens, homemade and home-canned foods for the pantry shelves, linens and other gifts to the home. Over the years this annual event has become a silver tea, and most visitors contribute money to help with repairs and other gifts to relieve the financial burden of daily operation. Many people and groups in the community remember the residents at other times of the year with gifts of fruit, vegetables, homemade food items, entertainment and holiday decorations.
The Rome Home also actively pursues grants to help it in its mission and has been fortunate to receive support from the Rome Community Foundation, the Fred Normand Donor Advised Fund, the Stevens-Kingsley Fund of the Rome Community Foundation, and the Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission.
Examples of some of the support that the Rome Home has received from its friends in the community include:
- In 2012, The Rome Community Foundation gave two grants to the Rome Home. One grant was from the Foundation's general endowment fund to assist in the work on the front porch railings and iron work. The second grant was not restricted and is from the Fred Normand Donor Advised Fund.
- in 2011, The Rome Community Foundation gave a grant to The Rome Home to assist in the replacement of sprinkler heads and for the required elevator code inspection.
- In 2009, The Rome Community Foundation gave a grant to The Rome Home to help repair the cupola on the roof of their building.
- In 2007, The Rome Community Foundation gave a grant to replace floor in kitchen, pantry and staff rooms.
- in 2006, The Stevens-Kingsley Fund of the Rome Community Foundation gave a grant to the Rome Home to replace the dining room chairs.
- In 1982, the Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission awarded the Rome Home a grant for roof repairs, chimney re-pointing and exterior painting.