Benefits of Playing in the Dirt

For people affected by disabilities, calendars packed with various therapies are often a way of life -- physical, speech, occupational, and behavioral therapies, to name a few. We are fortunate to live in an era in which these services are available. Typically, therapy appointments take place indoors in clinical-type settings. These therapies can be invaluable, but all too often there’s an option that's overlooked -- opportunities for them to engage with nature on their terms, in ways that can help them grow and progress.

Few people realize it, but there are real, tangible benefits to spending time interacting with the natural world that surrounds us. People of all abilities can benefit from gardening and time outside, but especially our loved ones with special needs. Fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, a sense of independence, the simple feeling of peace that comes from time in quiet garden... THIS is exactly what Sunrise Village is working to create. Opportunities for people of all skill levels. The chance and the place to spend time working in the soil. To nurture something. To feel that unique sense of accomplishment as a seed grows from seeding to a mature, fruiting plant.

British neurologist Oliver Sacks declares, "The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional, but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure."  ( Sacks)

Sunrise Village's mission is to create nurturing and empowering opportunities for people with disabilities through farm and community-based programs. We're still in the seedling phase, and we're grateful for your support.

To learn more about the therapeutic benefits of gardening and time outside, we encourage you to visit the links below. If you see value in the therapeutic nature of time outside, please reach out to us- your help can make this goal a reality for our community.

Kurt Liske
Board Member

The Healing Power of Gardens: Pliver Sacks on the Psychological & Physiological Consolations of Nature 

Benefits of Therapuetic Gardens

American Horticultural Therapy Association

In the Community
Tie-Dye in the Park returns to Veterans Memorial Park in Bettendorf on May 9th for year number THREE. We hope you can join us for tie-dye, rock painting, music, food, and more!

The Quad City Rock Academy will join us again -- their talented, student bands will liven up the park while we dye, paint, eat, and play.

All proceeds go toward supporting the Sunrise Village mission. More information will be released in the coming months. Tickets will go on sale in March. 

Want to volunteer for the event or become a sponsor? Please click the link below to learn more.
THANK YOU, Chelsea Liske for hosting a Giving Tuesday Facebook campaign! 

Through your efforts and the generosity of all the donors,
$600 was raised for Sunrise Village.

Quad Cities Area Family Fair

Hand-in-Hand is partnering with GiGi's Playhouse and the Children's Therapy Center to bring together various organizations and vendors for people of all abilities.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

9:30 am-noon

Children's Therapy Center

4450 48th Ave Court
Rock Island, Il 61201

We will be participating in this event again this year. There will be a drawing for a free tie-dye item at Tie-Dye in the Park.

Come out and see us!

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