I recently had the honor of attending the unveiling of two wheelchair accessible planting beds for the residents of the Mary Cariola Group Home on State Road. The project was identified, designed, and built as a team service project by a Leadership Rochester team known as “Seeds of Change.”
These new beds will allow residents to plant vegetables, herbs, and flowers of their choice to enhance their meals and their home. The beds provide an outdoor activity for children who respond well to sensory stimulation and who love to get their hands in the dirt. The feel of the dirt and seeds, along with the plants and flowers, enhances the residents’ enjoyment of their senses of touch and smell.
In addition to these two planting beds at the Penfield residence, the team also constructed and delivered two wheelchair accessible planting beds for use at the Elmwood Campus.
Established in 1991, Leadership Rochester is a small nonprofit with an immense impact on, and deep connection to, the Rochester community. Founded by leaders across the business, nonprofit, and government sectors, they were established on the belief that, as a collective, their leaders could better serve and strengthen our community if given the opportunity to grow as a collaborative, and learn about Rochester’s strength and issues together.
Congratulations to Leadership Rochester team “Seeds of Change” on your 2020 graduation and for the difference you are making in so many lives.
Please do your part: wear a mask, practice physical distancing, help stop the spread to save lives.
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain