By Kelly Steele, The Windsor Star
Tamara Kowalska, right, is joined by Tracy Sansom, from left, Maria Caschera, Lori Sheppard and Eric Griggs from TD Canada as she unveils the new teaching garden at the Windsor Youth Centre in Windsor on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / WINDSOR STAR
Homeless youth in Windsor and Essex County will have a new safe space to unwind thanks to a $13,000 grant from TD Friends of Environment Foundation.
Tamara Kowalska, executive director of Windsor Youth Centre, said the grant allowed the facility the opportunity to create a teaching garden in the backyard of their Wyandotte Street location. The garden is designed to teach youth how to grow and harvest food and flowers but it also offers a bit more.
“It also gives them a really quiet and calm healing place,” Kowalska said. “A lot of our youths do struggle with mental health issues, addictive and physically health problems, so this is also a wonderful resource in terms of just healing.”