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Valley Community Foundation Helps Build Adam's House Memorial Garden

Valley Community Foundation Board Chair Alan Tyma and Adam's House Founder Allison Wysota in front of newly planted garden. Photo Credit: Contributed
Volunteers from the Shelton office of Nasdaq planted catmint, roses, lilies, hydrangeas, a dogwood tree and other plants to create Adam's House front garden that encircles its memorial walkway. Photo Credit: Contributed
Volunteers from Nasdaq's Shelton office work on Adam's House garden. The Olde Ripton Garden Club, led by Garden Designer Renee Marsh, owner of A Simpler Place, contributed the project's landscape design. Photo Credit: Contributed

SHELTON, Conn. – A $2,500 grant from the Valley Community Foundation helped volunteers with Adam’s House construct a front garden that encircles the memorial walkway at the nonprofit grief education center at 241 Coram Ave.

Adam’s House Founder and Executive Director Allison Wysota said, “We are thrilled that our front garden surrounding our memorial walkway is now a beautiful, welcoming space that will offer peace and healing not only to grieving children and families that enter our program, but to all in the Shelton community that pass by our doors.”

As part of the Adam’s House “Healing Hearts” program, children can create a commemorative brick to place on the memorial walkway to honor and celebrate the life a loved one.

The Valley Community Foundation grant funded the plantings and construction of the gardens that encompass the memorial walkway.

“Valley Community Foundation President and CEO Sharon Closius works closely with our program officer and community grants committee to make smart investments in the changing needs and opportunities of the Valley,” said Alan Tyma, VCF Board Chair. 

“One focus of the Foundation is to strengthen the impact of small nonprofits, those with fewer than two full-time or fewer than four part-time staff, by supporting a variety of community engagement efforts. Based on their presentation, Adam’s House should be a valuable member of our community for a long time.”

The Olde Ripton Garden Club in Shelton led by Garden Designer Renee Marsh, owner of A Simpler Place, contributed the project’s landscape design. 

Twelve volunteers from the Shelton office of Nasdaq made up the labor force that turned Marsh’s landscape design into reality. During a warm, sunny day, the Nasdaq volunteers cheerfully planted a new array of hydrangeas, lilies, catmint, roses, a dogwood tree and other plantings to create the memorial walkway landscaping and front garden. 

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