Lifeworks Services, Inc. and Minnesota Veterans’ Home go birding!
Lifeworks Services, Inc., a non-profit that works alongside adults with disabilities, was one of our 2015 mini-grant winners. This year, they partnered with Minnesota Veterans Home. and did some really cool activities!Once a week, between May and August, a birding event took place on the property owned by the veterans’ home. The 128 acre span of land has nature trails, a biking path, an outdoor pavilion, a garden, and a screened porch, which was perfect to get the residents outdoors.
The weekly birding events were led by birding mentor Kevin Smith. A beautiful mosaic was also designed and placed in the newly created Edible Native Garden. The mosaic is a favorite art medium for the Lifeworks clients since it fosters collaboration and allows people of all skill levels to participate!
A Lifeworks representative commented on the impact of this event on the surrounding area:
“After the presentation you could truly feel the good energy coming from the garden. I think it will be a blessing not just to the environment and the birds, but the people living there as well.”
The wonderful energy that is felt coming from the garden really reflects the wonderful relationships built between the two organizations this summer. This union between Lifeworks and the Minnesota Veterans Home tremendously impacted the lives of all of the participants. Teaching people with developmental disabilities and mental or physical illness has allowed these adults to find a life-long hobby. This offers them an opportunity to become an expert at something and interact and give back to the natural community around them.