On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, The Rescue Mission dedicated a new garden at Charis House (431 Fairmount Place, Fort Wayne, IN 46808) in honor of Homer and Ruth Nusbaum. The garden was donated by the couple’s daughter, Imogene Nusbaum-Snyder.

The couple’s daughter says the garden holds special significance for her mother. “Mom & Dad would have been married 72 years this coming Saturday,” says Nusbaum-Snyder. “And 431 Fairmount place was the first place they lived after getting married. Though my father is gone, my mother continues to show their love of flowers, gardens and just being outdoors. The garden is given in love not only for my parents, but also for the women and children of Charis House in hopes that it will give them a place to find peace and healing.”

The Rescue Mission’s Chaplain and Children’s Ministry Coordinator will use the garden to teach the Charis House children about gardening and the symbolism of nurturing a relationship with God. Together with volunteers, the women and children of Charis House will maintain the garden. Currently, it is planted with pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. Next year’s plan includes more plants, herbs and flowers.

The garden was made possible with the assistance of several local vendors, including Emerald Lawn Care, Arrow Fence, Buesching’s Peat Moss and The Baldus Company. Key persons involved in implementation of the garden include Sue Willard, Shawn & Rachel Kelly, Leah Baker and Aron Johnson, Greg, Bob & Samuel Lovell, and many of The Rescue Mission’s staff members and volunteers.