Today, Shelter House celebrated Earth Day with the launch of a new campaign, #ProjectChange, which aims at empowering and engaging residents throughout the year. This campaign furthers Shelter House’s plan towards engaging residents and providing opportunities for growth and change.

Shelter House’s garden is in its second year but with the help of community partners is being expanded. Today, residents, staff and volunteers planted seeds to grow indoors for the next month until it is warm enough to be transplanted outside. The Garden Project is possible thanks to dedicated community members, an incredible grant from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and the Home Depot. In the fall, Shelter House will use the vegetables and herbs in the kitchen to ensure that meals are nutritious and well-balanced. Not only does the garden provide fresh produce such as carrots, garlic and kale, but it is a means to engage and empower clients to care for the garden and provide a way for them to give back to Shelter House.

Shelter House is grateful to Confederation College’s second year marketing students who worked tirelessly to create a marketing campaign to encourage the growth of Shelter House’s expanding garden as well as #ProjectChange. Students jumped at the chance to bring awareness to all the amazing things that are happening at Shelter House. “During our first visit, walking through and meeting the clients you can feel the positive energy that has been created by the wonder team,” said Devin Peterson, a marketing student from Confederation College, “We thought offering our help to develop the #ProjectChange campaign would be a meaningful way for us to learn, while also contributing to an incredibly deserving organization in our community.”

Shelter House invites the community to participate in the Garden Project by making monetary donations, donations of gardening supplies as well as volunteering to help care for the garden throughout the year. Shelter House is in need of shovels, garden hand tools, rakes and seeds.

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