Around Mother Joseph Province, our sisters are gardening, and not just for themselves.
For the past 2½ years, Sister Charlene Hudon has been working as volunteer coordinator at Neighbors in Need food bank, which started the Garden of Hope in Burlington, Wash., in the Skagit Valley. The food bank’s programs include providing a total of 40 children from two elementary schools with backpacks filled with nutritious foods for the weekend. Each week, Neighbors in Need also provides a box of food for 32 homebound people, 60 to 80 pounds of meat to Tent City, and food for four places in Mount Vernon (Domestic Violence, Friendship House, Senior Center, and Peer Connection).
Yakima Valley, Washington
In the Yakima Valley, Sister Roberta Rorke is working with a local group that started a project to provide food for the poor, as well as work for local youth. This is the effort’s second year and the response has been so enthusiastic that a second garden might be started elsewhere. Financial support for the project has come from the Sisters of Providence, in addition to a local group of judges, lawyers and physicians.