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Homeless Shelter Opens Community Garden In The East Village, New York

Here, for the community to see people [out in the garden], and maybe come inside and talk to them, it just breaks down those barriers.”

By Ciara McCarthy
Oct 26, 2017


Project Renewal, the longtime housing and social services charity for homeless individuals, celebrated the opening of its new community garden on Wednesday. The garden brings a welcome addition to the organization’s oldest shelter on Third Street. The green space, which includes seating area for the shelter’s residents and a greenhouse where they’ll be able to grow fresh food, arrives thanks to a partnership between Project Renewal, the local community board, and the Department of Homeless Services.

Project Renewal officially opened the garden and celebrated 50 years of work in the city during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday. The garden will serve multiple functions for the dozens of residents of the Third Street Shelter, most importantly serving as a critical tie to the surrounding neighborhood, said the nonprofit’s President and CEO Mitchell Netburn.

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