Bettina - I like Gardening Connection. Here are a couple of ideas that hopefully tie in values of gardening and hospice/palliative care; hoping members from the OpenIDEO community can share their insights. - Garden of Connections - Garden of Peace
Incorporating Hospice Patients into Existing Gardens: - I think the issue here is 'time to implement' and ease of coordination. Here are my suggestions - (i) For short-time frame for implementation - best to go with a structured approach where there is already community-buy in, and you can get a quick win (ii) For medium-time frame for implementation - how about using community assets like schools, as a place to cultivate a garden, and a place for a community to come together (much like the Green Bronx Machine) (iii) For long-time frame for implementation - how about using 'shared' assets like the roofs of buildings. Here the bigger issue is municipal zoning, and regulations on leasing a roof!
Creating opportunities for work: Thank you for introducing me to the Doe Fund. This is really cool! Re: Teens at-risk - I have no knowledge about working with at-risk youth. I threw in this idea, mostly because of your work experience with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. However, I just came across Pathways to Education for at-risk youth completing their education (https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/). The idea about incarcerated came from the work of Drive Change (http://drivechangenyc.org/).