PVAMC Horticultural Therapy Program Completes a Garden Area - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island

 

PVAMC Horticultural Therapy Program Completes a Garden Area

volunteers working in the garden area

Peter Gauthier, OTP (left) along with volunteers work in the reconstruction of the garden area

By story by Peter Gauthier and Kim DiDonato
Monday, July 2, 2012

The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) Horticultural Therapy Program, “Seeds of Hope,” has been beautifying the area in back  of trailer 35 and 36 for the past few years.  Each year, we have expanded by adding individual garden plots, a memorial to our past Peer Support Tech – Kathleen Meunier --, bird houses, and lawn sitting areas.  We also added a shed that was donated by the Medical Center.

But that’s not all.
 
Just recently, Gilbane Building Company employees, family members, and friends donated their time, equipment, and supplies and renovated our garden area.  Many Veterans and staff feel that it is the most pleasant, calming, and beautiful area on the campus. 

We would like to thank Gilbane Building Company, particularly Denis Beique (program engineer) and his staff/volunteers, for what they have done for our program.  Stop by and sit for a while and check it out – eat your lunch – join the Tai Chi class – or just come by to see how wonderful the area looks.

The PRRC is an outpatient treatment program for Veterans with serious mental illness and PTSD.  Through a therapeutic learning environment, Veterans gain hope, support, and experience with new skills. 

For more information about the “Seeds of Hope” program or the PRRC, please contact Peter Gauthier, OTR/L at 401-273-7100, ext.4276

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