Shelter helps restore urban garden, improves neighborhood

urban gardeningHumility of Mary Shelter and Housing is working with the Garden Growers of Scott County, The Cafe on Vine, and neighborhood residents on revitalizing vegetable and

urban garden

Clean up underway

flower gardens near 6th and Vine. With the support of John Deere volunteers as part of the United Way’s “Day of Caring” we planted a large vegetable garden which Humility of Mary staff and participants will maintain. The produce will go to families in the neighborhood as well as Cafe on the Vine.

During the three hours of Day of Caring, we were able to uncover an amazing rose garden planted many years ago by Sister Marilyn Schierbrock, a member of the Humility of Mary congregation. The rose garden will be cared for throughout the year!

Urban Garden Benefits

The April 2017 Urban Institute Paper “Urban Blight and Public Health” reminds all of us that our vacant and blighted lots are potential treasures:
“More and more research continues to show that urban greening, the landscaping of urban spaces for the benefit of the community and environment, can be an effective intervention for improving the well-being of residents. . . urban greening projects can also help rebuild community pride, reduce stress, lead to decrease in crimes, and provide a perception of safety.”
One person at a time.  One family at a time.  One block at a time.  We all have a role to help our neighbors.
clearing overgrown rose garden

Wes Frenell, Humility of Mary Shelter staff, attacks overgrowth to clear the rose garden.