Uses plants to improve the social, educational, psychological, and physical wellbeing. Gardens are designed as a quiet space for reflection & to be accessible to people with physical limitations: include raised beds and firm pathways to provide access to participants in wheelchairs and other accommodations.
Validated health outcomes are demonstrated in over 35 studies, including: improved mental well-being, increased physical activity and a reduction in social isolation.
This community garden will host a variety of educational and social outings for the various retirement homes, schools, and disability groups in our local area.
The Centerline Community Garden (CLCG) has generously donated the space for this project.
The CLCG is located at 8021 Dale, Center Line, MI, United States, 48015. Just off Van Dyke it is set at the front of the residential area of Dale street.
Autism Society of Greater Detroit
Announces Youth-led Community Garden Project
In our efforts to create more connections within our local community we assisted in writing a micro-grant for a youth led therapeutic garden. After much paperwork and a personal interview with this special team of youth leaders, they were awarded the grant from K4C in early March 2023.
Through the ASGD (501(C)3 EIN: 38-2991240. All donations are tax deductible.), the project is seeking donations of gardening supplies to fulfill the vision of this space.
Building began in early May of 2023 and the youth team worked tirelessly through End of October. Building and Planting will resume in Spring of 2024.
Garden design Draft
SCHEDULE OF VOLUNTEER DATES
Friday, June 2⋅10:00am – 12:30pm
Saturday, June 3⋅10:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday, June 4⋅11:00am – 1:30pm
Monday, June 5⋅10:00am – 12:30pm
Tuesday, June 6⋅10:00am – 12:30pm
Wednesday, June 7⋅4:00 – 6:30pm **PAVER DELIVERY DAY!!
Thursday, June 8⋅10:00am – 5:00pm *PAVER WORK
Friday, June 9⋅10:00am – 5:00pm *PAVER WORK
Saturday, June 10⋅10:00am – 5:00pm *PAVER WORK
Monday, June 12⋅10:00am – 12:30pm
Tuesday, June 13⋅10:00am – 12:30pm
Wednesday, June 14⋅10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday, June 15⋅10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, June 16⋅10:00am – 5:00pm
Monday, June 19⋅10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, June 21⋅10:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, June 22⋅10:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, June 23⋅10:00am – 12:00pm
*Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Drop In Volunteers are welcome; you will be asked to sign the Release Form and adhere to the Community Garden Guidelines.
This project is Youth-led by local teens with support from adults from the Autism Society-GD & their families and social groups.
Youth-led programs are a community-based process in which young people determine a problem of practice, identify the root causes of the problem, and select and implement evidence-based strategies to address those root causes.
In our local community the youth leadership team identified a lack of outdoor social opportunities for the elderly and continued isolation of individuals with special needs in the area.
The Therapy Garden will be a small meditation area with vibrant gardening and an educational program set in a safe and tranquil plot within the Centerline Community Garden in Warren, Macomb County MI.
We use the healing power of social and therapeutic horticulture to make a positive and significant impact on the lives of young people and adults facing all kinds of personal challenges.
ASGD Fights isolation with local supportive projects & by
promoting inclusion in Michigan.
With the support of ASGD a special team of youth leaders was
awarded a $1k grant from K4C in early March 2023 for the
implementation of a Community Therapeutic Garden. The ASGD
provides oversight for the project and together with the youth
team we have secured partnerships with the Centerline
Community Garden organization (for space & access to a Master
Gardener from MSU-E), and the 5 Retirement homes in the area
(field trips & therapy experiences).
Their vision for this Youth-led Therapy Garden project is for
it to be a small, vibrant gardening and educational program
set in a safe and tranquil plot. Using the healing power of
social and therapeutic horticulture, it will make a positive
and significant impact on the lives of young people and adults
facing all kinds of personal challenges.
Through several programs we will use our peaceful and
supportive environment to promote wellbeing, social
interaction, physical exercise, education, meaningful
gardening activity, nature-connectedness, and horticultural
We can support individuals with a range of physical
disabilities, mental health challenges and social isolation;
school students with low cognitive skills, disability, anxiety
and loneliness, behavioral issues and those coming to terms
with bereavement or the ill health of a loved one. We also
support adults living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Stroke
survivors through our partnership with the 5 retirement
communities surrounding the plot. The garden will be designed
to be accessible to people with physical limitations. Include
raised beds and firm pathways to provide access to
participants in wheelchairs, and a quiet space for reflection.
The garden team is currently soliciting & accepting donations
from local gardening businesses and will break ground in
Early May. This program is expected to have a great impact on
local isolation and positively affect the general mental
health of our community.