May 13, 2014

SCHS employees provide hands-on support to Building Healthy Communities

Employees from the Sisters of Charity Health System recently volunteered their time to help Building Healthy Communities (BHC) prepare its gardens at E. 76th Street and Cedar Avenue in Cleveland for the 2014 growing season. The group cleaned raised garden beds, built frames for eight new raised garden beds, prepared the soil for planting inside one of the garden’s hoop houses and planted flowers.

The garden is used by BHC’s Garden Boyz to grow produce that is sold at a weekly summer farmer’s market at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. The Garden Boyz program provides young men in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood with the opportunity to develop valuable job, business, marketing, interpersonal and money management skills.

BHC is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System that responds to the needs of the community by providing a variety of programs and services that focus on education, recreational and work opportunities. Most importantly, BHC develops partnerships with outstanding organizations to work with families in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood to address quality of life issues and challenges.

A variety of health-oriented programs provide youth with access to health and wellness education, paid mentoring and leadership opportunities, and exposure to positive community role models. With BHC’s programming, children and adults are learning about healthy activities and foods, improving their life styles, increasing self-esteem, and learning about the importance of education and hard work.

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