Alliance National Conference Selects Auberle For Tour Site

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Healing Gardens Impact Youth’s Development

Landscaping is an often overlooked healing tool for agencies,” said Landscape Architect Patrick Lydon. “At Auberle, tour attendees will have the opportunity to learn how this tool can play a critical role in creating a calming, healing environment.

On Thursday October 16, 20 attendees from the Alliance for Children and Families National Conference, will tour two Auberle residential campuses to see first-hand how healing gardens help youth reach their full potential and obtain job skills for the future. The Alliance is the largest network of human services organizations in the United States, with several hundred member agencies, employing 55,000 staff and serving over 3.4 million children a year.

“The Future of Workforce Grows at Auberle” tour and workshop will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. starting at Auberle’s Versailles Girls Campus located at 2911 Versailles Avenue. Auberle’s Director of Facilities/Operations and workforce development program, The Employment Institute, Rodney Prystash and project Landscape Architect Patrick Lydon, will lead the tour.

Lydon is a Gateway Engineering Landscape Architect and Auberle Volunteer who designed the Versailles Campus project to address at-risk children’s therapeutic needs to create a feeling of privacy in the residential neighborhood and a healing environment within an urban setting of McKeesport. The project includes water features, vegetable and flower gardens, a rain garden and a future pergola.

“Landscaping is an often overlooked healing tool for agencies,” said Lydon. “At Auberle, tour attendees will have the opportunity to learn how this tool can play a critical role in creating a calming, healing environment. We take this approach a step further by actively involving the youth in building and maintaining the growing plantscape.”

Lydon will discuss how the agency incorporated Auberle youth in the design process. The healing garden will act as a teaching tool that has a direct impact on youth who obtain hands-on vocational training that translates into marketable workforce skills with regional employers. Prystash will also showcase several Auberle projects all built by our young people including an aquatic environment with a large waterfall and an outdoor water permeable amphitheater. For more information on Auberle, visit http://www.auberle.org.

Since 1952, Auberle has been dedicated to community, strong families and successful youth. Auberle serves over 3,250 at-risk children and families annually in eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, Auberle offers 16 programs including preventative and community-based services, with 60% of our clients served in their home, school or in their community. Auberle’s services include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education, workforce development, drug and alcohol and mental health programs. Auberle is a recipient of the Wishart Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management and was named Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Children and Families, the largest network of human services organizations in the United States.

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