This program is in hiatus and plans to begin again in late Fall:
The Garden Project is a place I can come on Saturdays and forget about everything that week and be treated like a human being, not judged – that means so much to us.
Since it was established in 2007, the Garden Project has served more than 500 residents of the Garrett House, a halfway house under the supervision of the NJ Department of Corrections. Women from the Garrett House contribute to the community throughout the year by growing vegetables for the needy people and helping to maintain a garden on the grounds of Newton Monthly Meetinghouse, a historic landmark in the center of Camden.
On Saturdays throughout the year, volunteers from the community, local Quaker meetings and the Garrett House residents plan and plant the garden, and prepare and share a simple lunch featuring produce they have grown. They take part in workshops on a broad range of topics from alternatives to violence to jewelry making, memoir and poetry writing, yoga, personal survival skills and meditation.
Volunteers provide Tutoring and encourage the Garrett House residents to pursue educational and career goals. Each woman is encouraged to nurture herself by learning about good nutrition, constructive communication with others and the pursuit of hobbies and creative activities.
If I could be something from the garden, I would be a sunflower, because it’s bright and cheery and always growing.
Support the Garden Project
The Garden Project is a unique partnership lef by Haddonfield Monthy Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and Friends Transition Support Services. Though the Garden Project operates in cooperation with the Volunteers of America, which runs Garrett House, it recieves no support from the organization.
Tax-deductible donations toward the cost of food, gardening materials and tools are always needed and welcomed.
Checks should be made out to Haddonfield Monthly Meeting with “FTSS” noted in the memo line, and mailed to;
Clerk, Peace, and Social Concerns Committee
45 Friends Ave.
Haddonfield, NJ 08033