Lotus + Hope Clinic
We’re sure you’ve noticed that we’re living through some interesting times. We feel that now, more than ever, it is important for communities all across America to come together and do some good.
The last weekend in June, we had the pleasure of volunteering at The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, doing what we do best, helping to breathe life into an underutilized outdoor space.
We’ve donated to The Hope Clinic before. Just last month we gave $1,000 to support the vital work they do for the community. But this was the first time we were going to put shovels to dirt, and we were excited to say the least. We’re nerds like that.
The Hope Clinic
The Hope Clinic provides essential services to low-income and at-risk individuals in the Ypsilanti area. Last year alone, they provided more than 3,000 people with medical and dental visits, and nearly 8,000 with essential grocery trips.
They also work to nurture patients’ spiritual sides, by providing all their patients with care and prayer services.
We knew the COVID crisis was keeping them busier than ever, and they hadn’t had the time or the resources to clear the 20 yard stretch of weedy, overgrown land, which they wanted to convert into a socially distanced seating area for their patients.
We thought to ourselves, ‘well, we know someone who might be able to help with that.’ And got to work.
The land was rough. Weedy and strewn with debris, but nothing we couldn’t handle. Lotus Gardenscapes production manager Ben and COO Ellen spearheaded designs and donations for the project. Monroe’s was able to donate the dumpster, and Stoneco offered a discount on the roughly 10-12 tons of stone we’d need for the project.
Materials in place, we got to work. Eight Lotus Gardenscapers brought machines and manual tools and set to work ripping out the overgrowth and clearing the debris. Then they planted, mulched, and spread the stones, turning the land into a beautiful oasis just outside the clinic. The work took our eight professionals nearly a full day, but they finished.
We started Lotus Gardenscapes because we love being outside. The joy we feel with the sun on our skin, the fresh scent of trees and flowers and mulch on the breeze, that is our happy place!
It might not seem like much to some people, but for folks struggling to meet basic needs, food, medical, and dental services, sometimes it’s nice to just sit down and enjoy the breeze on your face.
We feel proud to have been able to serve a worthy, essential organization like The Hope Clinic, and we hope their residents will be able to enjoy that little slice of nature for a long time to come.