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                                             In Your CommunItY

      House Of Hope Unveils

      Its Garden On Wheels, An

      Innovative New Way To Teach
      Good Nutrition

        House of Hope, a leader in innovative ways to feed the
      community and improve nutritional status, has a fun new
      way to teach both children and adults about good nutrition.
        The traveling nutrition education garden will soon be
      making its way through neighborhoods throughout Martin
      County, bringing a menagerie of growing plants and
      useful information to schools, churches, neighborhood
      gatherings and special events.                     It takes a village to serve a village. House of Hope celebrated with the many friends, partners and supporters who made
        The eye-catching garden on wheels is a collaboration   the traveling nutrition education garden possible. Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 17 are representatives
      between House of Hope and Cleveland Clinic Martin   from (left to right) Cleveland Clinic, House of Hope and the Children Services Council.
      Health, with support from the Children’s Services Council
      of  Martin  County (CSC). “We can’t have a  garden
      everywhere in the community, but our traveling nutrition
      education garden can go everywhere,” said House of
      Hope CEO Rob Ranieri. “It gives us a chance to bring our
      living plants and knowledgeable staff directly to people
      who need the information and make the lessons fun and
        At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 17, Cleveland
      Clinic Martin Health CEO Rob Lord noted that this is
      the only mobile garden of its kind in the state of Florida
      and one of only a few in the country.
        “We’re delighted to be a partner in this effort,” Lord
      said, “because we know all too well the direct correlation
      between health and nutrition. If nutrition improves,                                                 The House of Hope Traveling Nutrition Education Garden
      health improves, and fewer people have to be admitted   House of Hope celebrated the arrival of the new traveling   is not only eye-catching; it’s a tremendous new teaching
      for hospital care.”                               nutrition education garden with sponsors Cleveland Clinic   aide that will go to neighborhoods, events and organizations
        The Children’s Services Council has been a partner in the   Martin Health and Children’s Services Council. Pictured   throughout the community with a compelling message about
      effort from the very beginning, explained CSC Executive   here are (left to right) Lauren Mustelier, Angela Aulisio, Rob   good nutrition and good health.
      Director David Heaton during the unveiling ceremony.   Lord, Rob Ranieri and Dave Heaton.
                                                                                                           the lives of more than 7,000 people each month helping
                                                           “This is really a cutting-edge project that will help kids   with basic needs such as food, clothing, furniture, financial
                                                         understand the value of high-quality food. The lessons will   assistance, as well as longer-term case management services
                                                         help them for a lifetime.”                        that help build life skills for a more self-sufficient future.
                                                           A team from the engineering company UNew, led by     The organization has service centers and thrift stores in
                                                         intern Matthew Maus, volunteered to design the traveling   Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach. House
                                                         garden and made it look like an actual garden. Complete   of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart
                                                         Fabrication volunteered its welding services.     offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed
                                                           The traveling nutrition education garden is ready to roll.   to enhance life skills, earning potential, health, and overall
                                                         Groups and organizations can contact House of Hope at   well-being.
                                                         (772) 286-4673 to schedule presentations and can track its     House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm
                                                         participation at various community events on the House of   in Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide
                                                         Hope website at                sustainable sources of fresh produce for clients as well as
                                                         About House Of Hope                               nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the
      Matt Mays of UNew shared the details of the construction of     Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit   community. For more information visit or
      the traveling nutrition education garden with House of Hope   organization that empowers Martin County residents to   call (772) 286-4673. Updates and announcements can also
      Rob Ranieri during the ribbon cutting ceremony.    overcome hunger and hardship. House of Hope touches   be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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