INDIANAPOLIS –The Garden awarded $6,300 to the Laurelwood Resident Council as part of The Garden’s 10% Giving Program.

The Garden, a satellite of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Indianapolis, offers a non-traditional, secular-style worship service each Sunday at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre on West 86th Street and The Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel. As part of its 10% Giving Program, The Garden dedicates ten percent of the money donated each quarter to a deserving organization in the greater Indianapolis community, along with donations of collected food and supplies.

Sandra Bailey, president of the nearby Laurelwood Resident Council, wrote to The Garden: “On behalf of the residents, staff and volunteers, I thank The Garden for its generous donation to our organization.” The Laurelwood Apartment Community is owned by the Indianapolis Housing Agency. It provides a positive living environment for its low income residents. In cooperation with the Indianapolis Housing Agency, the Laurelwood Resident Council helps resident families benefit from access to a food pantry, clothing bank, recreation center and tutoring services, among the many resources offered.

“This donation will help Laurelwood continue to provide a network of support services and programs to promote self-confidence and self-sufficiency for our residents,” added Bailey.

The Rev. Dr. Linda McCoy, lead pastor of The Garden, says, “The Garden is pleased to support quality committed organizations, like Laurelwood Resident Council, which work to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.”

During the years, The Garden has awarded $285,241 to help support various groups, services and initiatives, all focused on sharing unconditional love for all people. For the third quarter of 2011, The Garden’s 10% Giving Program will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County.

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