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Church youth join forces for ecumenical cleanup

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the June 13, 2002 edition of the Inland Register

A group of teens from several Pullman-Moscow area churches put shovels and rakes to work May 18 to beautify the grounds around Moscow’s Sojourners Alliance transitional housing complex. Among the volunteers were youth group members from Sacred Heart Parish in Pullman, led by June Brown.

The Pullman parish joined with Sojourners Alliance for a Journey to Justice retreat sponsored by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Spokane Diocese. During the retreat Sojourners officials expressed a need for landscaping work at their transitional housing. Brown said seemed like it might be a good youth project.

In February Brown was contacted by Jamie Willey, youth leader at Simpson Methodist Church in Pullman, who asked about getting their teens together. The two women thought a service project would benefit their groups and decided to undertake the Sojourners’ landscaping request. Eventually, some seven churches representing six different denominations participated in the project.

The combined group of about 50 teens and adults dug out weeds and rocks around the main unit, and leveled out the back and side yards. They also put down landscape fabric, spread bark in both areas, and cleaned out the flower beds out front.

The project had no budget. The teens helped buy supplies, and several donations were received from others, including the railroad ties that now border the front yard flower beds.

Brown said she and the other organizers hope to continue their work at Sojourners, with a second work date tentatively planned for September.

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