OKC Beautiful is partnering with NSO’s Carolyn Williams Center through the
OKC Harvest Program
OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov 9)- Neighborhood Services Organization is partnering with OKC Beautiful and the OKC Harvest program to educate and impact the lives of the young men living at NSO’s Carolyn Williams Center.
Volunteers with Blue Cross and Blue Shields along with the NorthFace Store built a four-bed garden at CWC that provides fruit and vegetables year round for the residents who live there. According to OKC Beautiful, of the 26 gardens they’ve helped build, NSO’s garden is one of the top producers thanks to the care provided by the staff and residents.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with OKC Beautiful and OKC Harvest to teach our residents about eating healthy and working together,” said Stacey Ninness, President and CEO of NSO. “Our residents love having the garden. They tell us that caring for the garden is a very calming activity for them.”
NSO’s Carolyn Williams Center provides a two-year transitional housing program and a 90-day emergency shelter to homeless young men ages 18-23. The residents who live there receive essential life skills classes, such as preparing meals, so they can learn to live independently.
“We hope the residents are perfecting their gardening skills and then enjoying and preparing wonderful meals with the fresh, healthy produce,” said Lisa Synar, CEO of OKC Beautiful. “OKC Beautiful looks forward to working on additional garden projects with NSO.
OKC Beautiful’s goal is to have a positive impact on the economic viability of our community. Their mission is to improve the image and appearance of Oklahoma City through beautification programs and community engagement. NSO’s mission of transforming lives and encouraging independence through safe, healthy homes, dental care and nutrition, is a great compliment to OKC Beautiful’s mission, making them a natural community partner.