Volunteers planted trees Saturday at the new site of the North Omaha Intergenerational Human Service Campus.
Digging, watering and mulching. Planting a tree takes a lot of tender love and care, but these volunteers are willing to do it. “I just came with some gloves and a desire to help out a little bit if I could,” said Jackie Mlady.
Mlady was one of around 40 people that helped to plant trees at the former site of St. Richard Parish. The new trees are just a small part of a bigger plan for the property. The site is under construction and is set to become the North Omaha Intergenerational Human Service Campus.
“We are taking the approximate 10 acres that’s here and building 44 units of senior housing,” said Lisa Cuevas Jorgensen of Heartland Family Service.
Along with the senior housing, there will be a senior center, medical clinic and children’s emergency shelter. “Studies have shown that intergenerational activities between the young and the old are extremely beneficial. It keeps people socialized, adds value to peoples lives, especially kids that we serve in our children’s emergency shelter. It also gives the opportunity to have a foster grandparent.”
Just like the trees being planted, people of all ages need a little TLC. Community members couldn’t be happier about the idea. “I think it’s absolutely the most wonderful thing to have happened to this neighborhood," said Mlady.
The campus is expected to open by 2014.