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We all share the same backyard.

Posted on 8/7/2008 9:26:25 AM
Author: Vanessa Ingole


What an exciting time it has been for the families and children here at the Center!
They spent an entire week watching through the windows as staff members worked to transform the area formerly known as the children's courtyard into "Our Backyard"!

It started with a few calls and some very generous donations from Wild Birds Unlimited in Mishawaka and Mr. Harvey Bontrager of Clear Springs Nurseries at the American Countryside Farmers Market in Elkhart.  
Before long we had bird feeders, bird baths and enough flowers to attract all the birds and butterflies in South Bend!

Next came a very important part of our project...putting in sod so that one section of the grounds could be enjoyed especially by our crawling infants and toddlers who, up until this happened, only had mulch and concrete as their play space.  We playfully call it "the tot spot."

Now we have wonderful green grass, beautiful flowers and the songs of the many birds we have attracted to our area, including Cardinals, American Goldfinches, Mourning Doves and Sparrows!

The kids are having a great time exploring their "Backyard" too!  So far they have managed to find a couple different varieties of butterflies, some ladybugs, beetles and a praying mantis!  

The whole idea behind this project was to provide an area that gave the families that space that made them feel as though they could be in their backyard.
A place to hang out with the family, run through the sprinkler, watch the birds and enjoy the flowers. 

This has been a great project to work on and it's such a joy to see the families really taking advantage of the new space...."Our Backyard."

On the river helps out street department too

Posted on 8/5/2008 10:27:18 AM
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When you bring in hundreds of tons of sand to downtown South Bend it's going to take a while to clean-up.

Crews have been working at the site of "On the River 2008" since Sunday to clear the area of its island theme.

The fundraiser brought in more than 20-thousand dollars for the Center for the Homeless thanks to donations and volunteers.

"Our volunteers from this event were just extraordinary. We had a crew out there at 9 a.m. Monday morning and it was the same crew who had worked the night before so it was a rough one, there was lot's of coffee," says Jacqueline Kronk, Center for the Homeless.

The South Bend Street Department will begin clearing the donated sand Tuesday once it dries out.

They will use it for excavation projects and to put on the roadways this winter.

They're hoping it will be enough so they do not have to purchase any this winter. 

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