March 29, 2018

Garden

At any age, gardening is one of the best activities we can do outdoors. It stimulates all the senses, awakens our connection with nature and with our companions, and rewards us with fresh flowers and nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Through funding from New York City Food collaboration with Shorefront JCC, we were able to use space in the back of The Leader Family Food Pantry to create a community Garden for our seniors. The project originally started in April when a group of volunteers from RAJE came to help clear out the space and set up planting beds for seniors.

Since then, we are excited to report that our seniors have been getting together every two weeks to plant, clean and maintain this amazing garden. Presently, our seniors are growing tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, celery, and grapes alongside lilies and daisies.

Gardening is an excellent way for seniors to socialize and get a moderate-intensity aerobic workout and stay flexible.

I was the breadwinner for my family. I was a truck driver but for a long time I experienced severe pain in my leg. The pain turned out to be cancer and I was not able to return to my job. We soon fell behind on our rent and started getting threatening eviction notices. I had heard about SJCC from a friend and stopped in to see if there was anything they could do to help my family. I was connected with an attorney who helped me in court and stay our eviction. I the worked with my case manager to apply for emergency financial assistance to help pay the rent arrears. We also were able to get food assistance through the food pantry. Without SJCC we would not have been able to get through this challenging time in our lives.

T.A.