As we reflect back on 2013 and some of our volunteer activities that created a bright spot in our communities, I wanted to share some photos from a summer project for our Green Team in Boise, Idaho.
The Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise, Idaho, is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. It provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children, and supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.
A 2012 tour of the Interfaith Sanctuary inspired the Boise Wells Fargo Green Team to help restore the Sanctuary’s worn garden into a place of beauty.
Green Team members were looking for a project for Earth Day 2013 and they left the tour inspired, discussing ways to make another garden that would hopefully be even better.
A great deal of coordination went into the Earth Day 2013 volunteer project. Working closely with Interfaith Sanctuary staff, project leads made decisions on what and when to plant.
In the meantime, children in Sanctuary’s Energizing Minds Program planted seeds in anticipation of the upcoming event. On April 20, team members brought the garden to life with an initial planting and followed up with a second planting in late May to fill-in the beds with additional flowers and vegetables.
The team hoped to bring beauty and green life to Interfaith Sanctuary’s shelter for guests to enjoy. They also wanted to create something the shelter’s children could appreciate – playing in the dirt and watching the plants grow, flourish, and turn into something to eat.
A myriad of partner donations helped make the event a success.
Watch the transformation on the garden with a short slide show.
The garden before the work began in Spring 2013.
Volunteers work on the sprinkler system.
Volunteers prepare the planting beds for new plants.
Green Team volunteers move mulch to the new garden planters.
Vegetables sprout in spring and early summer.
A new plant takes shape.
New plants continue to thrive.
The team of volunteers that helped the Interfaith Sanctuary.