St. Ambrose Family Shelter’s Garden: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Catholic Charities of Boston’s St. Ambrose Family Shelter in Dorchester is so much more than homeless shelter; the staff and volunteers are constantly developing new ways to support the residents who call the shelter home as well as those in need in the neighborhoods surrounding St. Ambrose.

Recently, staff, volunteers, residents and members of the community have come together to tend to, and enjoy the bounty from, the shelter’s garden. Over the last few months, our dedicated volunteers and staff members have been hard at work, planting and caring for flowers, fruits and vegetables to be enjoyed by residents at the shelter and shared with those in the community

It is a gift that keeps on giving. Residents, especially the children at the shelter, enjoy helping in the garden, which supplies the shelter with fresh produce all spring and summer long. It is a fulfilling project for volunteers and staff, and we’re proud to be able to share the fruits and vegetables with our neighbors in need throughout Dorchester.

Pictured below are some snapshots from the garden over the last few months:

Cucumbers, snap peas, onions, peppers, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and lettuce are just some of the vegetables that we grow and use to feed the residents of our shelter. It is rewarding being able to support our residents with food from our own garden, and growing so much that we're able to share with those in our community, too.


Beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables are in bloom and ready to be enjoyed by all.



This apple tree was planted a few years back, along with peach and cherry trees, thanks to a grant from the City of Boston’s Grow Boston Greener initiative. Each year, we’re excited to see the apples start growing and look forward to enjoying the fruit this fall.


We’re thankful for all those who are involved each year in taking care of our gardens, and not only keeping St. Ambrose beautiful on the outside, but allowing us to continue providing for those in need of food.