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Rooted | April 16, 2020

By: Erin Anderson, Executive Director | 04/16/2020

If you’re like me, you find yourselves thinking about the small things. Making special connections with friends, family and loved ones, and slowing way down as we now have time to literally stop and smell the flowers. Those small things can be a hand-written card in the mail, a walk around the block, a socially distanced chat with a neighbor, or getting to that gardening project we have been putting off for years.

This new outlook is working in our fight against the virus. While Gov. Little extended the stay in place order to the end of April, it is clear our actions are flattening the curve in Idaho and keep our community safe and healthy. In the meantime, we must keep connecting with you, our people.

Making connections with our friends and supporters is what we do at IBG. Right now, it is difficult to stroll through our empty grounds and not see your smiling faces as you take in the new growth, flowering plants, and spring’s restorative nature. We know the time will come when we can open our Garden gates again, and we will be here as part of our community’s healing.

Until then, we are doing all we can to help you experience the beauty of the Garden. We are working to provide access to many of our classes by moving what we can online and providing you with educational opportunities for children at home with fun weekly activities. Check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

This week in our  staff blog article, Karen Christesen, our Volunteer Manager, is staying connected with one of our treasured volunteers, Anni Jack. Anni has been an enthusiastic Garden volunteer for 12 years! Anni keeps coming back year after year because the Garden has become an important part of her life. I’m positive some of that importance is cultivated by Karen’s care and connections to our volunteer program. Check out the interview here.

While we are working hard to stay connected here at the Garden, we realize it isn’t easy for everyone in our community right now. Members of our staff have good days, and we have bad days. We know you do too. Some are struggling more than others, and with a whole lot of uncertainty, It’s easy to feel down.

At the Garden, we are experts in all things growing, throwing a great concert, and helping you learn about pollinators. We are not experts in mental health. So while we can encourage you to call your people, check in with them, send that note, schedule the video chat, we know some of us need more.  For those who are really struggling right now, here is an important list of support services in our community. Whether it’s for you or someone you care about, please share:

Idaho 211 

Idaho 211 is a careline that allows you to search over 11,000 resources to find free or low-cost services or resources near you including rental assistance, energy assistance, medical assistance, food and clothing, child care resources, emergency shelter, and more.

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline

You don’t have to be suicidal to contact the hotline; anyone is welcome via phone, text or chat! The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, a program of Jannus, is committed to the prevention of suicide in Idaho. The hotline provides crisis intervention, emotional support, resource referrals, linkages to local services, and follow-up for all Idahoans, including those at risk for suicide and their families and loved ones. ISPH listens with support to callers, empowering them to look at options and come up with their own solutions.

Women’s and Children’s Alliance

The WCA provides safety to domestic abuse and sexual assault victims through their two 24-hour crisis hotlines, their domestic abuse shelter, safety planning assistance, and court advocacy. They provide healing through therapy services, support groups, and client advocacy. They also provide freedom through case management and residential classes in financial literacy, nurturing parenting, and life skills.

 

It’s tough for people to ask for anything these days because so many are hurting. But know if our staff at the Garden can help you in any way, we are here! Please reach out, and let us know how we can continue to connect and support you. More educational curriculum? You got it! More planting Q&A’s? Done. A personal virtual tour through the garden? Gladly. We are here for you, the same as you have been here for us for the past 35 years. I can’t wait to welcome you back through our garden gates!

It can be tough for people, especially independent Idahoans, to ask for anything in these times because we may feel that there are others whose needs are greater. However, our staff here at the Garden is here to help in any way we can! Please reach out, and let us know how we can continue to connect and support you. More educational curriculum? You got it! More planting Q&A’s? Done. A personal virtual tour through the garden? Gladly. We are here for you, the same as you have been here for us for the past 35 years. I can’t wait to welcome you back through our garden gates!

 

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