Home Depot recognized for supporting community gardens

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 15, 2015

Photo by Brian Louwers

WARREN — Through its charitable foundation, The Home Depot has given $39,000 in grant funding in recent years to community garden projects in the city of Warren.

For their continued efforts, employees from the company’s stores in Warren and Harper Woods were recognized June 9 with a resolution adopted by the Warren City Council.

“We just wanted to take this moment and recognize Home Depot for all they’ve done to assist us in the building and maintaining of our community gardens,” City Councilwoman Kelly Colegio said. “Without your help — and you guys have all been out there with the Team Depot builds — I don’t think we could have accomplished anything we have accomplished on those church sites.”

Team Depot crews have carried out various projects in Warren through The Home Depot Foundation, including the construction of community gardens at the Church of the Master, on Schoenherr north of Common; Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, on Packard east of Van Dyke; and the Lord of the Harvest Christian Fellowship, at Toepfer and Schoenherr.

Grant funding from the foundation was later used to help maintain the gardens, which supply food to local nonprofits. The Friendship Garden at the Church of the Master provides fresh produce to older adults and disabled individuals through Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. The garden at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church supports the surrounding neighborhood through the church’s own food pantry. At the Lord of the Harvest, the garden supplements food provided by the Gleaners Community Food Bank that is distributed through the church.

“The food that has been grown in these gardens — and your volunteers, the amount of money and granting that you’ve given — has just been astronomical,” Colegio said. “You guys are always there. You’re always dead on. We just want to show our appreciation for all you’ve done for the city of Warren and all of our church gardens.”

City Council President Cecil St. Pierre read the resolution into the record and thanked the group of five employees from the two local stores.

Councilman Robert Boccomino called on residents interested in volunteering to support efforts to maintain the gardens.

“Those gardens — it’s nice Home Depot gets us started with all the hardware and all that — but it still takes manual labor to get out there and keep the plants going,” Boccomino said.