They provide transitional housing for Female Veterans.
Pretty difficult to see the beds, but we could see that a lot of the shrubs were tired.
Back up to an alley and shared space. There is a lot of Bamboo that needs to be taken out. We also met Jason Romero from PGW. He's awesome. Thank you for your service, Jason.
$5 buys a bag of soil. Packages of seeds. A flower pot.
And a healthy outlet for our Veterans.
19 volunteers including our friends from University of the Sciences, Enliven Planters and two of our US Veterans were ready to go!
There are 4 12x 9 beds. Sounds easy? Not so much when there are established trees, ivy and did we mention Bamboo?
They worked until they got the bamboo at least to a flattened state. Now we just need someone to loan us something to dig it out. (Yes, we're serious)
It almost ate our volunteer, Caroline.
US Navy Veteran, Sonia ties the bamboo into bundles. Easier to carry. She makes it look easy.
A mighty team can accomplish many things.
First, you grab a backhoe. Then, you call a Marine. Thanks, Jason for digging LIKE A BOSS.
Our volunteers, Beth, Emily, Dawn and Michelle were there to pick up the debris and begin turning over the soil.
It doesn't matter how many people you have, when you have one team with one goal: To honor our Female Veterans.
When the team arrived, we still had a lot of work to do (ahem, bamboo), but this group of volunteers were up for the challenge.
Our mother/daughter volunteers, Sarah and Audrey carved out an area for a nice bench.
Hey, when you send a Marine in to do the job, they are going to do the job.
Volunteers Joe and Chris were determined not to let any of the bamboo back.
Board member Dawn starts planning out a border with pavers, as Audrey plants a boxwood.
Joe, Sarah, Audrey, Caroline and Jason. Another amazing weekend. We don't want to forget our other fantastic volunteers, Donna, Nicole and Chris! THANK YOU!
They removed trees, continued to battle the bamboo and weeded in preparing for the planting.
Separating these roots require patience and muscle.
With the help of Paul.
Are already starting to come back! Board member, Mark installs a bird house facing the HAVEN house.
Koba, Ali and Greg, members of the Philadelphia chapter gave it their all to clean up the remaining debris.
Thank you James from #houseplanthospital, and Steph from Global Shapers for planting these beautiful flowers!
The view from the back deck of HAVEN will be both shade and sun plants, and a vegetable garden.
Thank you Ali, for the border you created!
We met wonderful Veterans, wonderful community members, and each other on this journey that we hope will provide a peaceful site for healing. Congratulations and God Bless!
It was great to finally place the bench in the shade garden for the ladies to enjoy.
This is a view facing the house. Boxwoods and Barberry wrap themselves around the sitting area.
We've had so much interest from the residents all wanting to know "Can I cook with that? Is it a weed? When will it bloom?"
So, we tagged over 100 plants!
Members of Villanova's ROTC Program joined together with Volunteers to prepare the HAVEN Women beds for winter.
Thanks to Enliven Planters, our Volunteers created gorgeous window boxes and planters that will live on the front and back porches of HAVEN.
One of our Volunteers, Gretchen, carries barberry plants to their new homes.
Villanova students weed out the flower beds.
Our friends from Overbrook School for the Blind donated Yellow Iris, which our Midshipmen planted in the front flowerbed.
It's going to be a long time before we can truly get rid of the bamboo, but with these Villanova Navy students working on it, we're confident we'll win this one.
A combination of students and professionals, our Volunteers made creative (and beautiful) use of the Enliven Planter's donations.
Can't thank Brendan Hartranft and all of the folks at Clarkville West Philly enough for providing an amazing wrap up lunch.
To round out the day, Advisory Board Member, Peg Schofield, HTR, was kind enough to donate her time to lead several activities at HAVEN, including terrarium building.
We spent a few hours making fragrant sachets using dried lavender, rose buds, marigold and hydrangeas.
Board member, Heidi updates the window boxes on the back porch.
Board member, Dawn and volunteer Laura look through at all of the growth! If you were with us in 2019, you know this space was all about bamboo. This year, its about weeding around plants and flowers!
It just felt amazing and was an honor to be able to visit HAVEN and see what was growing! Stay tuned for the Fall cleanup.
See Volunteers working on this project!
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