Veterans find new life by caring for plants

Veteran John Hawkins cares for his plant at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
Veteran John Hawkins cares for his plant at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Independence Day is a day to celebrate our country’s independence and the people who fight to keep us free.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is helping veterans live long and healthy lives with programs that keep them active physically and mentally. One of those programs is horticulture therapy.

Horticultural therapy is designed to benefit veterans’ bodies, minds, and spirits. John Hawkins was encouraged to come to the group, and has already seen so many benefits. Organizers say veterans take pride in caring for plants and helping them grow and thrive.

The horticultural therapy group meets every other week at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Organizer Betsy Brown also works with elderly individuals, those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, and people with physical and mental disabilities. If you’d like to connect with her, email yogaflower@sbcglobal.net.

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