Friends and donors gathered on Thursday, June 2nd at Aroma Di Roma in Long Beach, California, to raise money for the building of Tapestry Home’s third orphan home for abandoned and abused teenage girls in South Africa.

Aroma Di Roma is a popular Café Italiano on bustling 2nd Street in Belmont Shore serving breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner and dessert together with Italian-style espresso drinks, gelato and a notable European beer and wine selection.

Aroma donated 40% of the entire day’s proceeds to support Tapestry Homes’ efforts to provide a safe and loving home for desperate teenage girls living in the squatter community of Kayamandi where 30,000 residents live in dirt floor shacks within 1 square mile.

“Our business has prospered this past 8 years, and I felt it was time to give something back—it’s part of our culture”, said Tim Terrell, founder of Aroma Di Roma. “Tapestry Homes is making a global impact, and we couldn’t think of a better group to support.”

A Tapestry Homes team of 24 people will travel to Kayamandi in early July to build a Tapestry Orphan Home in just 5 days.  Follow our progress with daily blog posts beginning July 4th.

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