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Life Haven Garden

The Life Haven Garden benefits the homeless women and children living at Life Haven. The garden is maintained by the staff of the shelter, the children participating in the Child Enrichment Program at the shelter, and volunteers.  The garden has three main goals and benefits:

  • Teach children about gardening and the benefits of healthy eating
  • Provide healthy and fresh food to homeless women and children
  • Engage volunteers from the community

The Child Enrichment program provides creative and innovative child development services to the children living at Life Haven.  The goal is to decrease the negative effects on homeless children living in a shelter and to provide opportunities for children to just be kids.  The program’s schedule includes gardening and other outdoor activities on a seasonal basis.

More than 600 meals are provided to the women and children living at the shelter on a monthly basis.  The garden provides fresh produce for the residents to enjoy.  According to the National Alliance on Family Homelessness, homeless children are more likely than to experience obesity.  The garden and other healthy eating tips helps to diminish this statistic.

Volunteers are essential to achieving the mission of NHHR.  Volunteers have many roles at NHHR, including assisting with the Life Haven garden.

Where it's at:

447 Ferry Street
New Haven, CT 06513
United States

Garden type:

shelter garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

homeless people and children

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What this project needs:

compost bin

Project leaders:

Kristen McKay
Carmen Brown

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606