Farmington Hills residents help create Detroit memorial garden

Farmington Hills residents Lovely Avington and Andrea Ray were among 100 volunteers from AT&T who spent Thursday creating a memorial garden for Cass Social Services in Detroit.

The gardens will create a community area where those in need can grieve their deceased loved ones. They include solar lights, benches, a stained-glass privacy fence, and 80 dwarf Alberta spruce trees. Later this summer, a fountain and seating will be added.

Farmington Hills residents Lovely Avington and Andrea Ray
Farmington Hills residents Lovely Avington and Andrea Ray help create a memorial garden in Detroit. (AT&T)

Volunteers mowed the grass, planted trees and built a fence. For their part, the women tilled soil in a place where a fountain so will go. They also drilled holes in wood planks and filled them with colorful glass stones that will make a decorated fence.

“AT&T is providing grieving Detroiters in need with a place to remember their loved ones, which will fill a void for many residents,” said the Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services. The nonprofit makes a difference in its diverse community by providing for basic needs: food, housing, health/mental health care, and jobs for people living in areas of concentrated poverty.

“Believe Detroit is about improving outcomes for Detroiters and our team is proud to be a part of this meaningful project,” said David Lewis, president of AT&T Michigan. “We hope these gardens will provide comfort to Detroiters in need as they work to get their lives on a path to self-sufficiency.”