(HOUSTON) – A crime riddled neighborhood in Houston’s Sunnyside is hoping a new garden will sow the seeds for a nurturing oasis for young people and organizers hope one garden will grow into many more.

The non-profit group “Push To Win Outreach” is using a grant from the City to beautify a Sunnyside Community Center by planting a garden for children in a low income neighborhood plagued by crime.

Jean Gabriel is the founder of the organization.

Our mission statement is a community empowered to change a village.

Gabriel says young people will help plant tomatoes, collard greens and flowers. But organizers hope to reap so much more.

Our thing is we are pulling weeds and planting seeds. we look at that from the natural point of view for the garden, but also for their minds because we are pulling out negative things and putting in positive things.

This garden will be at the King Rows Apartments’ Community Center but Gabriel says their goal is to place gardens at other apartment complexes and help beautify Sunnyside, a historic neighborhood in houston’s southside.

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