Community effort helps fix Frances Bodden home

Local organizations and institutions have joined forces to help repair and refurbish the Frances Bodden Girls Home. 

After the need to improve landscaping, repaint buildings and repair living facilities was made apparent earlier this year, the Save Our Youth Foundation, Her Majesty’s Prison Northward and Vigoro Nursery pitched in to give the facility a much-needed facelift.  

Among the most immediate concerns were the front and back garden areas, grow boxes used to plant various kinds of vegetables and large amounts of unwanted vegetation. There were also broken closet doors that needed fixing and several structures in need of fresh paint. 

Vigoro Nursery donated plants to improve the landscaping and inmates from Northward helped carry out the replanting and repairs. 

Prison Unit Manager Richard Barton, who helped facilitate the repairs, said, “We are pleased to restart this project with the SOY Foundation. There is a great amount of work still to be done, though, so we are committed to being here for the long term.”  

Angela Sealey, general manager of Frances Bodden, thanked those involved for all their help. “It is very heartwarming to see the community spirit still at work in our society. The prison and the SOY Foundation have done a wonderful job here. The prisoners have worked very hard – you just have to come and see the magnitude of what they have done,” she said.  

Iris Stoner, SOY Foundation president, commended the prison inmates for their hard work. “However, there is still a lot more to be done,” she said. “Like the prison, SOY is also making a long-term commitment to work with the Frances Bodden Girls Home. I am hopeful that the home will never have to pay to get similar work done in the future, so I am appealing to the larger community to assist in any way they can.”  

Ms Sealey is also appealing for members of the community to fix or replace the piano at the residence or assist with donations of interior and exterior paint, picnic tables, benches and a swing set. Anyone who can help is asked to call 947-3202. 

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Northward inmates Stephen Whittaker, left, and George Roper tend to a tree as prison officer Erasmo Claros looks on.