We met with seven recreation therapists from the facility yesterday, Thursday, March 7, 11am – 12:30pm, for a “Get Dirty in the Garden” Volunteer Orientation. Each therapist was allowed to choose a hand drum on their way into the Caretaker’s Cottage. These drums were played every time the group was inspired to cheer and celebrate during the 90 minute meeting. We’ve come a long way in 50 years with community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Yes! Cheer to that!
During the orientation, we introduced Edith (manager) and Kim (coordinator), and heard from each of them: their name, role, and population serving. It was heart-warming to see the love and care these professional care-partners have for the individuals they support. We clarified some of the garden maintenance tasks that these guests may be able to do. We discussed safety concerns and tips for horticulture volunteers.
Recreation Therapists at the Danvers MA DDS Hogan Regional Center learned about us through one of our community outreach events. When I asked, how did we get connected? They said a fiancée of one of the rec therapists spoke with us at a fair, picked up our card, and shared it with them a couple of years ago.
Our next Volunteer Orientation for “Get Dirty in the Garden” Thursdays will be Thursday, March 14, 9am – 11am. All ages over 14+, All abilities are welcome. The weekly program will begin March 21.
Peace and Joy,