The Medical Respite Program at Brother Francis Shelter started a garden this summer. The garden has been a space for clients to enjoy the outdoors and recover. Many of the guests have spent time in the garden caring for the plants, and have expressed just how much they enjoy the space.
One guest in particular has greatly benefited from spending time in the garden. She took an immediate interest in the garden and began to spend a lot of time there. Spending time in the garden has helped this guest and others with recovery, and becoming more motivated. The garden has given many guests a sense of ownership and something to care for, helping them on their path to permanent stability.
Staff and guests at Brother Francis Shelter are looking forward to harvest time and the possibility of expanding the garden next summer.
Sarah Harris, Medical Respite Case Manager, and Raeshawndra Jett, Medical Respite Program Manager, take time to talk about the new garden at BFS and the impact it has made on guests in the video below.