As summer is coming to an end, our volunteer gardening team has been busy preparing the garden for winter.

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Our center grounds are lovingly maintained by a group of community members who work together to look after the plants and do some general maintenance of the outdoor spaces. The Gardening Club is one of the reasons our centers are the havens that they are and this week I am taking this time, and space, to thank them for all their hard work.

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Gardening is one of the many drop-in programs at CRP, which means that anyone from the community can drop in and join–no one has to register and commit to a fixed term, like some of our other programs.

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It may not look like a major undertaking but working together to maintain the garden has a very positive impact on the participants. For many of the community members here at CRP, when they left their countries they not only lost their homes and their communities but also their sense of purpose.

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I spoke to Hesham, one of our community members, about the importance of the garden at CRP. He said that the garden is as important for humans as it is for bees and for butterflies–-plants literally create the oxygen that sustains us. He says “a person who doesn’t have any greenery in his life won’t feel right in himself.” To Hesham, the CRP garden is a rare green oasis where he can sit and remember his home.

@AnteBussmanSo, thank you for all that you do, Gardening Club. It is more appreciated than you know.

Maddie

Communications and Donor Relations Assistant