Bringing The Community Together – Flourishing Community Garden

By Andrea Lopes and Vicktoria Molokin


Like a garden has the diversity of flowers, trees, and its own ecosystem so does our community…. we are all unique, diverse, and are bonded together by our environment.

A garden has symbolic meaning of nurturing, flourishing, and beauty.

Join Flourish Counseling and Wellness Center at the local Farmers Market on Sunday July 1, 2018 from 9am – 1pm.  See how Flourish Counseling and Wellness Center is helping the community.

The increase in the incidence of gun violence and suicides,  reminds us just how tenuous life as we know it in our individual communities can be. It takes everyone pitching in, sharing their ideas, using their talents, and embracing each other despite our differences to build safe and strong communities.
The practitioners at Flourish want to help bring our community together to celebrate our unique strengths.

We will coordinate efforts  to provide information and resources to the community.  We have started  a dialogue with professionals and community members about the potential needs of our children and families and will develop ways to provide information and resources to the community as we did in May at our Children’s Mental Health Awareness Open House.    Flourish also plans to hold several fund raisers a year to support local community organizations.   In May, we raised $1,100 for Not In Our Town (NIOTBS)  a local organization that helps to fight racism and bullying in our community.

We will be at the local Farmer’s Market Sunday, July 1, 2018 from 9 am – 1 pm.   We will have paper flowers available for community members to create their own beautiful message to place on our  Flourishing Community Garden.

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

Together we are stronger, together we flourish.


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  1. June 30, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Beautifullly written Andrea & Vicky! We all have to chip in together with deep compassion to help our community become stronger and enlightened.

    We could all work together on some type of MD mental health education and skill-building summit!

    Marilyn Soenadel, LCPC; ACS

    • Andrea Lopes-Reply
      July 7, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you Marilyn! Yes, we could all work together. That’s a great idea!

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