Ministry seeks community's help to build organic garden

  • RESTORATION HOUSE GARDEN

  • • Who: Restoration House Ministries

    • What: Organic Garden Planting Party

    • When: 7 a.m., Saturday

    • Where: 307 E. Third St. in Victoria

Restoration House Ministries is looking for gardeners, carpenters and lawn warriors to help start an organic garden to support the home for women.

"We want to use this garden to help feed the women who live and reach restoration at the house," said Theresa Klacman, founder and director of Restoration House Ministries. "Beyond that, we want to use it to teach the young women we serve the value of hard work, gardening skills, and other life lessons through the garden."

Klacman said the idea was firmly rooted in scripture.

"Instead of teaching these women to fish to feed them for a lifetime, we're teaching them how to garden," she said. "They'll also learn valuable lessons about eating healthy and building up the body as a temple of the Lord."

The garden will start with an Organic Garden Planting Party at 7 a.m. Saturday at Restoration House, 307 E. Third St. in Victoria.

"We need gardeners to help us plant. We need carpenters to help us build the above-ground gardens, and we really need people willing to get their hands dirty to work for a good cause," Klacman said. Volunteers are welcome to come and go throughout the day.

So far, several local businesses have stepped up to help the garden project. Earth Works has donated the organic plants, she said. In addition, Zarsky Lumber has donated wood to build the boxes for the above-ground garden.

"We still really need some high-quality dirt, though," Klacman said.

The crops from the fall garden will feed the growing number of women who live at Restoration House Ministries for six months or more as they participate in a Christ-centered program to help them live fulfilled and faithful lives. All the women's needs, physical, emotional, and spiritual, are taken care of at the house free of charge. Restoration House Ministries is completely supported by donations, and accepts no money from the government.

The ministry is also seeking vendors and sponsors for its 1,000 Women Strong Fall Expo on Oct. 10 at First English Lutheran Church's Hiller Activity Center, 5160 N. Main St. in downtown Victoria.

For more information or to apply to Restoration House, call 361-676-3588 or visit

RestorationHouseMinistry.org.