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On With Life Receives Home Depot Grant - July 3, 2013

On With Life Receives Home Depot Grant


Glenwood, IA-On With Life, a Midwest leader in brain injury rehabilitation, is pleased to announce it has received a $6,000 grant from Home Depot to build a sensory garden for persons served at our Long-Term Skilled Care Program in Glenwood, Iowa. 


The idea for a sensory stimulation garden, which later became known as the “OWL’s Nest,” began nearly two years ago with student volunteers and recreational therapy staff. Team Depot volunteers and On With Life employees have been working together to transform the garden into a therapeutic healing garden that when finished, will include:


  • A covered patio with wheelchair swing
  • An outdoor grill with seating area for family and staff
  • A gazebo with wheelchair accessible ramp
  • “Sand and sun” area for persons served
  • A memorial garden for persons served that have been loved and lost
  • A variety of bird baths, wind chimes, solar lights, and kinetic spinners for added stimulation


“I think the OWL’s Nest Sensory garden will be a place of beauty, sensory stimulation and relaxation for the people we serve, their families and employees,” said Jennifer Durfey, recreational therapist at On With Life’s Long-Term Skilled Care program. “It will also be a unique treatment space for clinicians and can hopefully incorporate the benefits of nature into the lives of our persons served.”


Home Depot awards grants through a competitive application and review process. The Foundation stands for the members of the community who give up their time and roll up their sleeves, for the greater good of the community. They recognize committed neighbors accomplish an enormous amount of valuable work in communities across the country, and encourage these efforts by supporting businesses with their donations.


When complete, persons served will have an accessible outdoor space to spend their leisure time as staff assists them to promote physical, mental and social development.