Boy Scout Troop 1865 of Fairfax/Burke came out to help us again. This time, about 25 scouts undertook a landscaping and gardening project for us at three of our Hagel Circle townhome units.

It was a blue-sky and warm October morning when the scouts arrived. They planted Nandinas, azaleas, one Pyracantha firethorn bush, weeded, mulched and regraded the garden beds.

They also installed a gravel pit at one of the townhomes to alleviate a serious drainage problem. At another townhome the scouts applied sealant to a fence and installed new sod in the patio area.

The accompanying photos will show you the scouts working hard that day.

More than that, the scouts made three homes for our vulnerable families even more liveable and attractive. These working families—all of whom had experienced life without a home before Good Shepherd Housing—will feel even more invested in their communities. (As the scouts wrapped up their work that morning, one of our residents came out and started to water his new sod!) Our families will know that their homes are for the long-term and permanent, giving them more pride.

We can thank Troop 1865 for supporting these families with their terrific gardening and landscaping work.

As always, Good Shepherd Housing cannot thank them enough for all they’ve done.