On Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., The Rescue Mission will dedicate the new Serenity Garden at Charis House.
The Serenity Garden, located at 431 Fairmount Place, was constructed to give the homeless women and children of Charis House a place to reflect, meditate and seek emotional healing. The garden will also be used for group sessions, classes, Bible studies, and chapel services. Some features of the garden include a waterfall, bench seating, walking paths and a large gazebo.
“Charis House is a large facility that offers little privacy for residents. Our hope is that the Serenity Garden will enhance Charis House’s therapeutic programs and help to improve self-esteem as women progress through the programs at Charis House,” says Richard Cummins, Executive VP of Operations for The Rescue Mission.
The garden was completely installed by hundreds of community volunteers, including groups from Pizza Hut, Nipsco and Weigand Construction. The garden was made possible thanks to the generous support of Mission board members, the Auer Foundation, St. Joe United Methodist Church Joy Class and the Gayle Kyle Family.
Volunteers and a Master Gardener will continue to maintain the garden along with the residents of Charis House to keep the garden enjoyable for years to come.