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Garden Center Ministry Annual Report January 2006

By Christine Bowen

Father Andrew visits the Garden Center Residential Home on the first Monday of each month. The Garden Center Residential Home has 15 residents who are Developmentally Disabled and require 24 hours a day, seven days a week assistance. The Residential Home is part of Garden Center Services which includes a daily work shop for over 90 adults and five CILA (Community Integrated Living Assistance) homes for higher functioning adults.

Each month Father Andrew, assisted by John Verderber, Jerry Kincaid and Alex Kincaid conducts a short prayer service. The prayer service is preceded by a reading from the Children's Bible that St. Luke gave to each resident. The clients really interact with Father during his homily and always have family and friends who they want remembered during the service for either health issues or as a remembrance. During the year other members of St. Lukes have participated, Aristea Zekios, June Anderson, Mike Bauml and Caye Caswick.

We celebrate St. Basil's Day with the bread that has a gold coin in it, we bless fruit, St. Nick visits during our December visit and we have an anniversary celebration in July - Father has been visiting the home for over five (5) years.

The residents participate willingly and often ask me when I see them "When's the priest coming?" When a resident passed away last year they wanted Father to do a service for her - of course Father did and helped the residents with their grief.

Please try to join us in 2006 - you will walk away from the visit with a smile on your face and you will have put smiles on the faces of 15 people who will be so happy to have you visit them at their home.