Volunteers landscape at mission shelter

Volunteers have come through to help with landscaping at the Everett Gospel Mission.

Kelly Grayson, volunteer coordinator at the mission, said the Cooley-Walker family and a group from Mountain View Presbyterian recently took on a big job to get the grounds in shape at the Women and Children’s Shelter in the Lowell neighborhood.

George Sturgis, an octogenarian resident of the mission’s Men’s Shelter, had taken care of the property from 1999 until 2004. He planted and maintained more than 200 plants until he was no longer able to do so, Grayson said.

“In the years following George’s passing, several volunteers came to weed the beautiful garden he planted,” Grayson said. “But just as one group would get a great deal of weeding done, the lapse between groups would always compel a new group to start where the previous group left off.”

When employees from Providence Hospital came to serve the Easter dinner at the Men’s Shelter in April, Terry Cooley-Walker’s family enjoyed their experience so much they asked if there was something else their family of 20-plus members could do, Gayson said. They took on the weeding job.

At the same time, Michelle Rowley of Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Marysville also contacted the mission looking for a project for a 45-member outreach group from the church. Grayson assigned the spreading of beauty bark donated by Clearview Top Soils.

“Together we got more accomplished that we would have individually,” Grayson said.

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