Wednesday, July 13th, started with the boom of thunder. Staff and volunteers from CCUA, Lowes, United Way, the Mission Continues and the VA came together this dark, stormy morning with a vision of sunny, abundant days ahead.
This spring CCUA and the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) were selected as the 2016 Lowes’ Heroes Project. The proposal was to build a garden and chicken coop at Patriot Place, Columbia’s newest apartment building for veterans.
Wednesday. The day to build the garden had come, the supplies were ready: lumber, soil, plants, mulch, benches and a chicken coop. Around 5:30am people began to congregate under the picnic shelter at Patriot Place, but then came the rain. The veterans present were reminded of a motto from the Army: “If it’s not raining, we’re not training.” Of course, on the day we’re building a garden at the bottom of an already-muddy hill, shifting winds bring us more precipitation.