We were proud and happy to help support the OHEARTS community garden this past summer. You might have noticed a small garden spring up at the site of the old VIP Motel. The motel was being used as temporary supportive housing for our local vulnerable population. One of our members, who works at the motel, knows that gardening can be a great, therapeutic activity, and can bring people together across any barrier.
Thanks to their initiative, and the support of the OHEARTS board, we helped build a community garden and suppored the residents with supplies, seedlings and support throughout the spring and summer months.
The garden had a tremendous impact on the guests and their families, and also on the public perception of the facility. It was referenced many times in council chambers and social media as a shining example of a positive impact on a community. Wherever Ocean Place finds itself after March 31, a garden should always be a priority.