Mont St. Joseph Foundation working on Garden of Life

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Mobility restrictions limit the ability of Mont St. Joseph Home’s 120 long-term care residents to explore Prince Albert.  

 

Ethan Larrea, 11, hands a bag of candy to Lucas Hanson, 7, during the Second Annual Mont. St. Joseph Foundation Flea Market fundraiser, during which all proceeds went to the non-profit organization. 

So, why not bring a trip to them?

This is the premise of the Mont St. Joseph Foundation’s Garden of Life project, foundation director Jennifer White summarized.

The project started a coupe years ago with the completion of a sidewalk that fully circles the property, she said – a project that cost about $120,000.

Now, the intent is to create destinations along the circular path to make things more interesting along the way.

“It’ll just be different spots around the way,” White summarized. “Maybe there’s a gazebo with water features, just so that our residents and families and whoever’s visiting can have a nice little destination area.”

The cost of this project will depend on how many destinations they decide to create, she said.

The Daily Herald caught up with White on Thursday during the Mont St. Joseph foundation’s Second Annual Flea Market fundraiser, during which their parking lot was filled with vendors.

In addition to the Garden of Life project, the foundation is working at re-painting the building’s interior and completing the ceiling track lift project.

So far, 47 ceiling track lifts have been installed, with another 53 required.

Ceiling track lifts help staff members lift residents, which prevents injuries to staff and allows residents to remain mobile.

In addition to raising money, Thursday’s event is intended to remind people of Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 7.

This year’s family-friendly event will take place from 2:30 to 4:30, with participants encouraged to pick up pledge sheets from the Mont St. Joseph Home at 777 28th St. E.

Although the Mont St. Joseph Home receives enough funding from the government for basic operations, any add-ons require the work of the non-profit Mont St. Joseph Foundation.

Organizations: Mont St. Joseph Foundation, Daily Herald

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