Park Place Outreach Receives $2,200 Grant for Garden Program

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is excited to announce the receipt of a $2,200 grant from International Paper’s Savannah Containerboard Mill. The grant will be used for the new “Park Place Outreach Garden Project.”

The Garden Program is designed for children who live at the shelter. Many of these young people have little or no contact with their parents, and the garden will be a place where families can work together with the ultimate goal of reuniting.

“The Garden Project provides real world, hands-on opportunities for young people,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Linda Hilts. “Gardening is a life-long skill, a wonderful stress reliever and a fun reason to play in the dirt.”

Under the direction of a volunteer master gardener, the children will design the space, determine the best seeds to plant and maintain the garden on a daily basis. In addition to getting their hands dirty, they will learn the importance of responsibility, teamwork and their role in our environment.

“What makes International Paper unique is that we are about more than just manufacturing. We have a commitment to do the right thing, in the right way, for the right reason and that directly applies to our involvement in the local community. We want the community to recognize us as neighbors, employers and environmental stewards,” said Savannah Mill Manager David Castro, International Paper. “This collaborative activity will connect youth with the environment, promote sustainable agriculture, provide a valuable life skill, and empower leadership.”

Planning and educational components will begin this fall and the first plantings will occur in early spring. As a final component of the program, Park Place Outreach plans to use the produce from the garden for developing nutritious meals, encouraging healthy eating and healthy lives for the young people at the shelter.

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) DaShauna Kimble and Fran Wilson from Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter accept check from Jerrica Edmonds from International Paper

CAPTION: (LEFT TO RIGHT) DaShauna Kimble and Fran Wilson from Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter accept check from Jerrica Edmonds from International Paper

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International Paper is a global leader in the paper and packaging industry with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and North Africa. Supporting the communities where International Paper employees live and work is an important part of the company’s vision. Their primary focus areas are environmental education and literacy, providing more than $10 million to support hundreds of community based educational, civic and cultural programs.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.


One comment

  1. Project Hope: Detroit

    We have a similar project in Detroit. You wouldn’t believe the world of difference it makes for some children when they have something to put their heart into – like a garden. The nonprofit behind it reports they’ve seen a huge growth (ha! flower joke) in the number of children getting involved with the gardening project.

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