We’ve started another exciting community building initiative. The Community Plant Project was started for the same reasons as our Community Card Project, Community Book Project, Community Support Store, and our Speaker’s Bureau “Strong Artistic Ladies Speak Out” (SALSO).
All of these projects ensure the abilities of our clients are the thread connecting them with their community. This allows the folks we support to share their competence while teaching others. It helps others, who may not know anything about people with developmental delays, to learn about all the things the folks we support CAN DO and do so well.
In the case of the Community Plant Project, our clients are growing plants in containers they’ve decorated. Their beautiful potted plants will be used for a number of purposes. Our first round includes over 500 containers of potted cat grass. The cat grass will be sold in our Community Support Store (at 1137 North Sherman Avenue), local pet shops and veterinary clinics. The proceeds from the cat grass will help WisCARES, another local non-profit.
Did you know?
- Having a pet can keep someone out of housing
- Sometimes people don’t have anyone to watch their dog while they’re in the hospital, so they don’t get the medical care they themselves need
- Preventative care can keep pets out of the emergency room
- Some people cannot afford preventative or emergency care for their pets
- The bond between animals and people is deep-rooted and brings us comfort and joy, and sometimes is the only thing that is able to do this
- For many people, owning a pet helps them be healthy (physically and/or emotionally)
WisCARES is an innovative program led by the UW School of Veterinary Medicine to support the human-animal bond, that potent relationship between people and their pets, in situations where it is the most needed and the most at risk. Through WisCARES, teams of veterinarians, social workers, and human health professionals work together to treat all members of disadvantaged families at one time.
…provide the following for dogs and cats:
- Parasite prevention
- Safe supplies
…increase access for people to the services that exist in our community:
- Health care
- Social services
WisCARES is working towards building a facility to support the human-animal bond in a true holistic sense. This site will include primary veterinary care services to those that qualify, facilitate crisis housing for animals and work with social services to provide support for people and their pets when resources are thin. After we help WisCARES to raise funds, our Community Plant Project will be growing onions, garlic and other herbs to donate to the River Food Pantry. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more!