Ground Breaking for Healing Garden in Scranton

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) During the next four months the Children’s Advocacy Center and Leadership Lackawanna will transform a plot of ground into a safe place for young abuse victims.
The two groups broke ground this morning on a healing and transformation garden. Eyewitness News Reporter Bill Hughes has the story.

With the flick of a few shovels, cheers for a new space for abused kids.

“They will be able to come here and actually be in a relaxed environment where they can breathe again.”

Andrea Vozzi is volunteering with Leadership Lackawanna to make a dream garden possible for abused kids in Lackawanna County to grow.
The area behind the Teen Advocacy Center in Scranton will transform in the coming months.

“The dream was to have a space a venue, a place where they can come. This will be their own space.” Mary Ann LaPorta, the executive director of CAC/NEPA told Eyewitness News

As a drawing shows, the small backyard will have many things in it.
All to help abused children reclaim hope for the future.

“A sense of solidarity that i am not the only teenager that has been hurt in this way.” Said LaPorta

LaPorta notes the garden will bring teens together in a more relaxed atmosphere.

“Not a classroom or a conference room but out one with nature.”

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When it comes to making a difference in improving children’s lives, there is a place for everyone to contribute. Child abuse and neglect is a community problem. Child care and protection is a community responsibility.