A Beautiful New Lawn for Promise Haven
By: NG Turf
Promise Haven is the first shelter in Lawrenceville, Georgia for families with children to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Operated by Family Promise of Gwinnett, the program previously welcomed families to stay in host churches until doors were forced shut by the pandemic. To ensure shelter for the displaced families, a property was provided by St. Edward's Episcopal Church, but the large home was in disrepair.
As part of the renovation process, Russell Landscape Group provided a team of volunteers, headed by Brandon Thomas, to install landscaping, including 59 pallets of farm fresh sod donated by NG Turf.
"Everyone came together as a landscape community and provided this beautiful property," said Carol Love, executive director of Family Promise. "When you drive up now, you wouldn't realize it's a shelter. This is where people from the community who are experiencing homelessness are going to come, and they are going to feel welcome and at peace. It really is a haven."
The landscaping represents the largest in-kind donation the organization has ever received, totaling more than $71,000 from five companies, including NG Turf. "This was a great project, and we were proud to be part of it," Keaton said.
Love says Promise Haven is thrilled with the results. "Never think of sod as just grass," she said. "It's transforming the life of a child. We serve parents with children, grandparents with children. Now the kids will be able to run and play on this grass. When you put your hands and feet to this, it is going to change lives."