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Gardens of Compassion Wish List


The Gardens of Compassion has been a project of St. James United Methodist Church and Community Missions for 9 years. Each year the project has grown because of the involvement of many different partners and volunteers. The gardens are a reality today only because of that hep.

Following is our Wish List for what will help the gardens to continue to be a success. If you would like to  help with any of the items below, just click on the "please let us know" link in the item.

  1. Volunteers! This is our biggest need.. The Gardens of Compassion initiative has expanded to be a true community effort. Individuals and groups are invited to register to be volunteers to work along side the volunteers Community Missions'  who utilize our residential and community based mental health services. The group gardening day is on Monday from 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM beginning in mid-May and running until the end of the growing season in late September to early October. We also need our volunteers to sign up to come out throughout the week to water and weed the gardens. Learn more about volunteering and register here.
  2. Seedlings and seeds. We receive many of our seedlings and seeds from Grassroots Gardens of WNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, and Goodman's Farm Market. However, do are completely open to receiving seedlings from others who may have more than they need. If you would like to help in this way, please let us know.
  3. Organic Fertilizer: Each year we need to enrich our soil in a way that is sustainable. We do our best to keep everything Organic. If you can help with this, please let us know.
  4. Lumber for garden repair: Our gardens currently consist of 16 wood, 4x8 raised beds at St. James. Over time they need to be repaired and replaced. (We also have gardens at our main offices at 1570 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls. We are always looking for materials for those gardens as well. If you would like to help in this way,please let us know.
  5. Part of the Gardens of Compassion is to present ideas around the theme of Caring For Creation from various cultural and religious traditions. If you would like to help by doing a presentation about the topic from your tradition, please contact Rev. Mark Breese.

More to come!



By The Numbers...

In 2023, Community Missions provided:

12,108 nights of shelter

178,696 meals

2,780 individuals with clothing

3,562 care days in Youth Services

43,388 care days in Recovery Services

72,302 care days in Housing Services

467 reflections & resources for Faith Development


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