Providing Dignified Burials for Abandoned Children
Memorial Service & Dedication of Garden of Innocence/By the Sea Saturday September 6th Ten in the morning. Ivy Lawn Memorial Park - 5400 Valentine, Ventura, CA
Thank you April Wilkerson for sharing our story on your woodworking network
Thank you to all the woodworkers that have offered to share their gift with the children.Urns can be any style as long as they fit in a 10" WX10"HX16"L (see pictures below)
Urns can be mailed to: 156 Walker Way Vista, CA 92083
This is a video that Elissa Davey did for the Monumentalist,
who make our headstones and Monument Slants,
to thank them for the babies "Name on the Lawn"
Artist rendering of the location of our newest Garden of Innocence/By the Sea for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
Sometimes we forget to thank the most important people- OUR CEMETERIES & THEIR STAFF & GROUNDS CREW! We would have nothing without YOU!
Thank you to El Camino Memorial Park & Mortuary & their Board of Directors in San Diego for our beautiful Garden of Innocence there. We love our beautiful statue, Rachel & Earl and his grounds crew. Thank you Rebecca!
Thank you to the Neptune Society & their Board of Directors for donating a niche for Garden of Innocence/By The Sea in your Columbarium in San Francisco. The only place to leave your heart in San Francisco. So Historic and Beautiful. We love Emmet!
Thank you Mountain View Cemetery & your Board of Directors for our lovely Garden of Innocence/Fresno. We love the weeping willows and our little fenced in quiet spot. We also love Elaine, Jennifer and all of your amazing ground crew.
Thank you Historic Union Cemetery in Bakersfield for donating such a sweet place for the babies to rest as well as our beautiful bench and slant. We love this quiet spot. We love Hollywood Dave and his office staff and all the Jose's!
Thank you Eastlawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park and the Board of Directors for our beautiful resting place in Sacramento for Garden of Innocence/Sierra. We could not have asked for a more perfect spot for the babies. We love our Turkey pets too!
Thank you Ivy Lawn Memorial Park & their Board of Directors for giving us a resting place in your historic cemetery. We are so excited to be here. Special thanks to Jeanne and Herb for loving the garden too.
We apologize for not saying THANK YOU more often. We love YOU most of all!
Thank you to URNS.COM for donating urns to us and spreading our news to your partners. We love having you with us.
Thank you to Memorial Gallery, Inc. of Gig Harbor, Washington for donating 20 urns to Garden of Innocence. Michelle, we can't thank you enough for this kind gesture.
We love Memorial Gallery!
Just a sampling of the urns we received today from Memorial Gallery in Gig Harbor, Washington. Thank you so much!
NEW GARDEN OF INNOCENCE COMING TO VENTURA & SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IN AUGUST 2014 ***VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!***
Thank you, Santa Barbara Monument Co. for offering to donate our headstones for our newest Garden of Innocence/By The Sea in Ventura and Santa Barbara County
Beautiful statue donated to our newest Garden of Innocence/By the Sea in Ventura. Scheduled to open September 6th 2014 at Ten in the Morning. Service for Toni, Joseph and Jordan
Meet Some of Our Volunteer Staff
Meet Dominic Carnevale, Executive Director of Garden of Innocence National. Dominic is the owner of Global Pacific Real Estate Professionals & hails from Point Loma, CA
Meet Elissa Davey, Founder of Garden of Innocence National and Co-Founder of Garden of Innocence/San Diego. Elissa is a realtor in San Diego and hails from Vista, CA
Meet Enrique Reade, General Manager of Garden of Innocence National. Enrique is the Administrator of Operations of Shantbhavan Funeral Home in Fowler and hails from Fresno, CA
Meet Mike Gunn, Director of Garden of Innocence/Bay Area in San Francisco as well as Area Manager for the Central Coastal Area for Garden of Innocence Nationa. Mike is also a Senior Deputy Sheriff & hails from San Francisco, CA
Meet Roy Bell, Director of Garden of Innocence/Fresno. Roy & his lovely wife Donna are the owners of Bell Granite and hails from Clovis, CA
Meet Sheila Metzger, our new Director of Garden of Innocence Kern. Sheila is a Realtor in Bakersfield, CA and hails from there as well.
Meet Tim Fukuda, our Director of Garden of Innocence/Sierra. Tim is a fellow Knights of Columbus and hails from Elk Grove, CA
Meet Lori & Rudy Sanchez. Lori is the new Director of Garden of Innocence By The Sea for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Rudy, our Ambassador, owns AAMCO in SB where you can drop off donations and they hail from Santa Barbara, CA
Meet Aircraft Mechanic Senior Chief Petty officer/ E8 Rebecca Ferguson - Director of our first Garden of Innocence in San Diego. Whereever her planes go, she goes. Rebecca hails from Temecula, CA.Thank you for your service, Rebecca!
Marsha Anderson, Ventura County Public Administrator, Lori Sanchez, Director of Garden of Innocence/By The Sea & Elissa Davey, Founder of Garden of Innocence National inspect the new space at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park for our newest Garden of Innocence/By The Sea opening late July.
VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES
WE HAVE MANY COORDINATOR POSITIONS THAT NEED TO BE FILLED
PLEASE LOG ONTO OUR PAGE GOI BY THE SEA AND LOOK DOWN THE PAGE FOR "VOLUNTEERS" AND SEE THE POSITIONS AVAILABLE.
WRITE LORI SANCHEZ AT GOIbythesea@GMAIL.COM IF YOU SEE A SPOT YOU WOULD LIKE TO FILL. THE GARDEN IS RUN TOTALLY BY VOLUNTEERS
SPREAD THE WORD! THANK YOU!
PLEASE MAIL TO P.O. BOX 92160 Santa Barbara, CA 93190
URNS NEEDED (SEE OUR PLANS ON THE "OUR CASKET & URN PLANS" PAGE ON THE HOME PAGE.
HIGH SCHOOL WOODSHOP...CONSIDER BUILDING URNS UNDER OUR "CHILDREN MAKING CASKETS FOR CHILDREN" PROGRAM.
Herb Watson, head Grounds Crew, Elissa Davey & Jeanne Clark GM of Ivy lawn Memorial Park in Ventura. Talking about the new garden in Ventura County California
Garden of Innocence/By The Sea coming to Ventura and Santa Barbara County, to be located at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park at 5400 Valentine in Ventura, CA
We will be in Santa Barbara and Ventura looking for volunteers to fill the many positions needed to help this garden grow.
If you feel this is something you would like to help with please send us a message and let us know about you. Tell us why you are compelled to be part of Garden of Innocence/By The Sea & contact Lori Sanchez at 805-452-0390
We need your help!
Future Home of Garden of Innocence/Ventura coming Spring 2014
Elissa with the new area managers, Enrique Reade, Mike Gunn and Victor Hipolito. Sadly Victor had to step down due to illiness
Service for Jose, Daniel & Gatlin in Garden of Innocence/Kern in Bakersfield
We provide dignified burials for abandoned and unidentified children free to the counties in each state.
Won't you help us build a Garden of Innocence in every state?
We'll send a thank you note to you as well as a note to the family that a donation was made in memory of their loved one.
HELP GARDEN OF INNOCENCE GROW
P.O. BOX 722 CARLSBAD, CA 92018
Joe Rathburn, writer of our garden song "God's Child"
IN MEMORY OF BABY LEO RIGGS
When the Riggs Family lost their little son, Leo, Garden of Innocene/San Diego was able to help them by donating a casket for baby Leo to rest in. They, along with Lorraine Brustas, our volunteer coordinator, went to the storage locker to let them pick any casket they wanted for their son. In return, to honor the garden back, the Riggs Family, decided to put together a casket lining event at their church, after seeing that we had quite a lot of them in storage that needed to be lined. Thank you Riggs Family and all the Garden of Innocence volunteers that showed up as well as the Riggs family, friends and church volunteers. They are beautiful! Thank you Baby Leo, we will all miss you.
On June 28, 2013, Elissa Davey, Founder of Garden of Innocence National and Enrique Reade, San Joaquin Area Manager for Garden of Innocene National traveled to Merced County to meet with Chief Coroner Keith McClain and Rebecca Cruz, owner of Evergreen Memorial Park to discuss a new Garden of Innocence in Merced County.
Both were 100 % in favor of a new Garden of Innocence/Merced.
Previously, Rebecca had contacted us about donating land in her cemetery after Enrique Reade invited her to come see a service in Garden of Innocence/Fresno. She was very moved and offered to have a place in her cemetery for this new garden.
Pictured are the new volunteers for Garden of Innocence/Merced: Jeannette Sandoval, Service Coordinator, Rebecca Cruz, Owner of Evergreen Memorial Park & Elissa Davey, Founder of Garden of Innocence National, in the new location of Garden of Innocence/Merced.
If you would like to donate to a particular garden please write their name in the memo section or comment section on your check
Children in the chain of love
Little Ann Marie beautiful casket
Children making caskets for children-Amazing!
Sprinkling rose petals over the casket and leaving a toy
Knights of Columbus make it their mission to show up to every service. Look how many came today for Ann Maries service. The 100th baby in Garden of Innocence San Diego
WHAT IS GARDEN OF INNOCENCE NATIONAL
We are a non profit public benefit corporation with one purpose - To provide dignified burials for abandoned and unidentified children.
We have perfected our craft in our first garden in San Diego and want to teach others how to care for the babies in their area that should not have died alone.
We are going out across the USA to help people in other communities start a Garden of Innocence in their area. We teach the processes involved and bring a community together to make this small life that was lost - leave a legacy.
We aren't going to the communities to take over, but to teach. We help people get started and then let them care for the children themselves.
State by State, we will be meeting people that have the same heart as we do and truly want to see that no child leaves this earth alone. We don't want to see another child go into Potters Field or be scattered at sea with no on caring. We Care! If you feel you are one of the many people that want to see that all the children are loved and cared for, then let us know. We'd love to meet you and help you start Garden of Innocence in your area. This is a mission that will touch the hearts of your community and bring closure to issues in peoples lives. We give a child a name instead of a morgue number or "Doe". This is a dignity that every human being deserves is to have a name of their very own. Just a first name is all they need to set them apart from all the others. If you build it, they will come. Who will come? People will hear about what you have done and will want to pay their respects to a little child that no one else wanted. To make a difference in their community. To hopefully someday put us out of business. Wouldn't that be nice!
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