Over the last year or so we have been walking from home 'round Scarborough's Marine Drive (looking over the sea), then up into town (for coffee and toasted tea cake), then back home, a distance of about six and a half miles once or twice a week as time when the weather allows. Each time we do it we put a donation of £1 each into our “Collecting Tin.” This is going to be our small donation to the Costanoa Commons project.
This is where our much loved and missed Grandson Scottie will be able to go, where he will share with old friends and new and work and learn new skills, and this will be the community he will be part of.
We appreciate so much all the hard work and love that is going into this endeavor, we live so far away and this is our small way of feeling part of this wonderful venture.
Once the exchange rate is far better than it is now we will forward what we have raised already then start again raising the funds and keeping fit!!!!
God bless you all!
Fortuitous indeed: Meet Bruce Worden
by Heidi Cartan
The day I met our first garden volunteer, Bruce Worden, we had just closed escrow on our property and I was babbling on about all we hoped to create at Costanoa Commons. I learned that Bruce has spent 9 years caring for a young man with a disability. He immediately understood how Costanoa Commons would need to be shaped by many hands and he offered to come and help us get started.
Bruce notes that he’s had previous careers, but providing care for his client is by far the most rewarding work. He says it’s been a path of valued service that also sustains his growth and wellbeing. “Many people don’t realize how much our friends with disabilities can show us about ourselves. I regard my friend as one of my master teachers.”
Bruce comes over weekly to help us tend our first garden. His client’s mother first told him about Costanoa Commons and he says, “What a fortuitous discovery this turned out to be!” We could not agree more! Thank you so much, Bruce!