DJJ garden symbolizes serenity

By Stacey Atkinson

The newly landscaped visitation garden with a gazebo at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice stands as a symbol of peace, serenity and hope. The garden is part of the “Building Connections and Rebuilding Lives” initiative, which serves the state’s youthful offenders in a rehabilitative environment.

It was constructed with help from 11 Clemson students who worked with DJJ juveniles and community volunteers. The service project complements the Transition Home for Girls, which is under construction at the Broad River Road complex.

“This project validates that the community is interested in and cares about the work that DJJ is doing to rehabilitate youthful offenders,” said Jerry Adger, director of DJJ’s Division of Rehabilitative Services. “The garden will help make a difference for our children.” 

Clemson staff members Bill Jordan from Sprouting Wings and Anna Garzon from AmeriCorps VISTA joined the students on their alternative fall break, sponsored by Clemson’s Service Alliance program.

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