On Monday, August 26, dozens of students from Arcadia University and representatives from PHS Meadowbrook Farm will spend four hours at Rydal Park Continuing Care Retirement Community in Rydal clearing away brush, cutting down branches and transforming a wild plot of land into the area’s first “Katie’s Serenity Garden,” an area of reflection and beauty. The community volunteer effort, led by Jenkintown-based charity Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety, will start at 9 a.m.
Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety hopes to create more such gardens throughout Abington Township through similar volunteer events. The organization was created in memory of Katie Elise Lambert who was killed at age three after a large, unsecured wardrobe cabinet fell on top of her. The organization provides education to parents, pediatricians, daycares and schools about the dangers of unsecured furniture.
Arcadia University students are participating as part of their Annual Day of Service, marking the beginning of fall semester classes. PHS Meadowbrook Farm members are offering their gardening expertise and tools, and Rydal Park, whose resident “Green Team” will also be pitching in to help, is donating the use of the land for the garden.
About Rydal Park
Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations.
About Presby’s Inspired Life
Founded in 1955, Presby’s Inspired Life is a not-for-profit ministry that provides continuing care and affordable housing to more than 3,000 older adults in 31 communities located throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Presby’s Inspired Life is unique in that it is a faith-based organization committed to serving the continuing needs of people from diverse backgrounds and economic circumstances. All of Presby’s Inspired Life programs and services are designed to nourish the body mind and spirit so that residents may live life in all its fullness.
Learn More About Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety
Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety was established to protect children by increasing the awareness to parents of the hidden dangers that present themselves in everyone’s home. Too many injuries and deaths are caused each year from fallen furniture and improperly secured major appliances. In memory of Katie, the Foundation looks in the immediate future to accomplish parental awareness through information available on this web site and its attachments. We also are expanding our mission to include general household hazards as well. Please check our childproofing checklist by clicking here.
Daniel Kaye, Rydal Park Dir. of Life Enrichment
Board Member, Katie’s Foundation for Child Safety