November 5, 2014 – Waynesville Garden Club beautifies REACH shelter

(article courtesy of The Mountaineer newspaper)

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The Waynesville Garden Club recently completed a $1,000 landscape beautification project at the REACH of Haywood County shelter. Cheryl Hartman, Judy Dykes, Kim Powers and Elizabeth Dennis worked together to clear overgrown areas, weed, plant trees, and bushes and transplant flowers to brighten the landscaping.

“Domestic violence continues to displace many women and children in Haywood County,” said Julia Freeman, executive director of REACH. “The REACH Emergency Shelter is often their only sanctuary to escape the violence. With donations and projects supported by groups such as the Waynesville Garden Club, the experience is made much better by giving victims a beautiful space the enjoy when the reality of their world is often less than pretty.”

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