Providing Dignified Burials for Abandoned Children
On March 19, 2014,Elissa Davey, Founder and Enrique Reade, San Joaquin Valley Area Manager & The Elk Grove 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, were invited to attend the presentation of Boy Scout Brian Sutliff's Eagle Scout Project and to be the recipients of his gift to the babies in Garden of Innocence/Sierra. Brian made 31 Oak Urns for the garden. It was exciting to meet all the Scouts in Troop 59, which we found out was the oldest troop in Sacramento. The Knights brought Thanks and Dignity to Brian's Eagle Scout Project. Thank you Brian, for thinking of the children in the Garden for your amazing project. Job Well done! (See pictures below)
BRIAN SUTLIFF'S EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
Brian Sutliff's Certificate of Thanks from the Babies resting in Garden of Innocence/Sierra
Meet Some of Our Volunteer Staff
Meet Enrique Reade, Our General Manager. Enrique is also the Administrator of Shant Bhavan Funeral Home House of Peace/Funeraria Casa de Paz in Fowler, CA.
Meet Elissa Davey, CEO/Founder. Elissa is also Co-Founder of Garden of Innocence/San Diego as well as a Realtor for Carnevale Enterprises, Inc. Lookyloo Real Estate. She hails from Vista, CA
Meet Dominic Carnevale, Executive Director of Garden of Innocence National. He is the owner of Dynamik Inc. & hails from Point Loma, 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 National - Mike hails from San Francisco, CA
Meet Roy Bell, Director of Garden of Innocence/Fresno. Roy hails from Clovis, CA
Meet Juanita Medina, Director of Garden of Innocence/Kern in Bakersfield, CA - Juanita currently hails from Vista and has been with Garden of Innocence/San Diego for 11 years.
Meet Dr. Netreia Carroll - Co-Founder of Garden of Innocence National. Netreia has been with Garden of Innocence/San Diego for 13 years & hails from San Diego, CA
Meet the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Color Guard- They show up for every service and bring dignity to the service. WE LOVE THE KNIGHTS! These Knights hail from all over San Diego County
Meet Aircraft Mechanic Senior Chief Petty officer/ E8 Rebecca Ferguson - Director of our first Garden of Innocence in San Diego. Rebecca hails from Temecula, CA
NEW GARDEN OF INNOCENCE COMING TO VENTURA & SANTA BARBARA COUNTY IN SUMMER OF 2014
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 US AT GOINATIONAL@YAHOO.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 5044 VENTURA, CA 93005
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.
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
We need your help!
Future Home of Garden of Innocence/Ventura coming Spring 2014
Come to AAMCO on Anacapa and meet Rudy Sanchez. Thank you Rudy and Lori Sanchez for being our FIRST VOLUNTEERS for Garden of Innocence/By The Sea
Great staff at Wells Fargo in Montecito Village. Thank you for letting us put out our flyers!
By the end of this summer we will be adding four more gardens in California and will need many urns-please help! CLICK ON PICTURES BELOW TO SEE ALL THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF URNS.
Make a small wooden box with no bottom. 6x4 is a good size. Make a platform 7x5 for it to sit on. (5x8 is ok too which means the bottom is 6x9)
If you don't have a router, "break the corners" with the side of a screw d...river - meaning take the shank of the screw driver as long as it's round and with both hands hold it against the side of the sharp corners of the box and with light pressure run it along the edge of the box to make the corners smooth and not sharp.
Home Depot and Lowe's will donate the wood, all you have to do is ask.
Please share with anyone you know who loves to build stuff.
Please consider helping us by
See examples below!
Tammy & Jennifer of the Butte County Assessors Office will help find volunteers. Great ladies!
Historic Hollywood Dave, GM of Historic Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, CA We love you Dave!
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"
GOI/Kern-Getting ready for its closeup
GARDEN OF INNOCENCE/KERN
Historic Union Cemetery
780 E. Potomac Bakersfield, CA
Memorial Services are open to the public
to attend and participate
California Coastal Road Trip July 2013
On July 15th, Elissa Davey, founder embarked on a trip along the California Coast from just above LA County to Mendocino County above San Francisco. First arriving in Ventura county and leaving packages off at the ME and PA's office then traveling to Santa Barbara to visit the Santa Barbara coroner. Had a nice chat with one of the coroners and they felt the garden would be a great assist to the county. He is going to pass our information on to higher staff.
Ventura county Public Administer, Mr. Andrews, called Tuesday morning and asked "What do we need to do to have a Garden in Ventura"! Thats all you need to do, we'll do the rest.
Tuesday, Elissa drove to Santa Cruz County coroners office in Salinas. I left off our packages and explainded what we do to the office at the desk.
Wednesday, drove to Mendocino county and the county seat in Ukiah. Had a great visit with Sal , the Public Administer assistant and he felt the garden was a great program and he is going to present it to the PA.
Thursday headed to Lake County and the town of Lakeport and did the same. Had a bit of a time trying to find the building but was well received.
Friday, Elissa met with Victor Junior the Director of GOI/Sierra at a cemetery that is interested in having us bring the garden to their cemetery. We have not heard from Eastlawn, in quite awhile, so we have to proceed on, as we have 15 babies waiting for our first service.
Saturday, Elissa and Victor visited a workshop for Quilts for Kids, which donated a nice bag of beautiful 12 x 12 quilts for Garden of Innocence/Sierra in Sacramento. You can see the pictures of the quilts below.
Victor is so excited about the garden and we are so proud that we have him. He's going to be awesome. He has also assumed the role of Central Area Director for the garden as we felt we needed to divide the state into areas so more local area representatives can deal with any problems in the gardens in their area. Mike Gunn has assumed the Central coastal area, Enrique Reade will be the San Joaquin Valley Manager and Netreia Carroll will be the area manager for Southern California. This will help Elissa to have others handling any issues or questions so she can continue to build more gardens
Sunday was just driving South, Im a long way from home
Monday, stopped at Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura to drop off a package to Jeanne Clark, who is going to look it over to see if their cemetery would be interested in helping us plan a garden there.
Tuesday, I hope to be home. It has been a long trip but well worth the drive. I drove over 2000 miles but wanted to save the garden money in not having a rental car or a flight, so was a long but profitable week.
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.
Welcome our newest garden - Garden of Innocence/Merced
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: Vicki Tracy, volunteer coordinator/fundraising, 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.
Garden of Innocence/Kern receives a beautiful Oak Tree
General Tree Service donating a beautiful Oak Tree to Garden of Innocence/Kern in Historic Union Cemetery in Bakersfield
General Tree Service planting a beautiful Oak to shade the babies
Stand Tall beautiful Oak Tree & watch over our babies
New Garden News
Garden of Innocence/Sierra has been approved by County Coroner, Greg Wyatt and we are thrilled.
Eastlawn Memorial Park has offered to donate an area for us in one of their cemeteries. As of right now, they are considering an area in their downtown cemetery for us, which will be quite beautiful. Lisa West, Marketing Director of Eastlawn is facilitating this area and is very excited about the garden coming to Sacramento.
Victor Hipolito Jr has volunteered to be the Director of Garden of Innocence/Sierra Hills and is very excited about this new garden and he will be a great asset to the community. Victor is going to need a lot of help, so if you would like to volunteer, please contact Victor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden of Innocence/Kern has been approved by the Coroners office as well and Dave Hepburn of Historic Union Cemetery has offered to donate an area for the garden in this wonderful old cemetery. Juanita Medina, who has been with Garden of Innocence/San Diego for about ten years will be the Director of this new garden. She is very excited and anxious to see this new garden come to Kern County. Juanita will need a lot of community support and volunteers so please contact Juanita at email@example.com
The tab on the left called 'Our Gardens" has a tab for both of these gardens and you can view their latest news and keep up with what is going on. If you would like to be notified about future Memorial Services or news about what is happening in the garden, please click on that tab to see what is happening. We do our best to keep this site current, so please check out your new gardens and help them make sure no child leaves this earth without someone who cared.
We wish to personally thank Greg Wyatt, Dave Hepurn, Lisa West and Dawn Ratliff for their trust and kind hearts in helping our gardens grow.
Introducing Victor Hipolito JR. the new Director of Garden of Innocence/ Sierra in Sacramento, CA
Sacramento County Coroner, Greg Wyatt, GOISierra Director Victor Junior & Eastlawn Marketing Director, Lisa West
Juanita Medina and Dave Hepburn
Garden of Innocence/Kern
Introducing Juanita Medina, Director of Garden of Innocence in Bakersfield and Dave Hepburn, General Manager of Historic Union Cemetery.
Historic Union Cemetery has offered to donate an area for us in their beautiful cemetery and we are so excited. Their tree company has offered to donate a beautiful Oak tree for the center of the garden to give the babies shade and its is going to look beautiful.
We are currently checking to see if Tulare or King county would like to join us in this new garden. Many counties in the area are less populated then some of our big metropolitian areas so we try to combine a few counties together so that all the children are taken care of. Garden of Innocence/Bay Area handles nine counties around the Bay and Garden of Innocence/Sierra will be handling nine counties as well.
We need public donations to help us do this much needed work, so please make Garden of Innocence your choice of worthy charites. Log onto your area garden and hit the donate tab. Your donation will go directly to that garden.
If you would like to help all the gardens, please hit the donate tab on the front page and your donation will be send to Garden of Innocence National.
If you would like to donate to a particular garden, go to the tab to the left entitled "Our Gardens".
Click the garden you want to donate and use their donation button.
All donations are safe and secure through pay pal.
This CD Baby button is where you will find our theme song, God's Child, written by Joe Rathburn, especially for Garden of Innocence. Joe has sung at Garden of Innocence/San Diego many times and each time his presence is felt by everyone there. He brings out the essence of the garden and why we are all here to care for these children.
Download is 99 cents and it supports Garden of Innocence. We hope you enjoy God's Child!
NEW GARDEN PREPARATIONS
Bakersfield, CA Garden of Innocence/Kern is in the start up stage and Historic Union Cemetery has offered to give us a space in their beautiful historic cemetery. Many of the counties most famous citizens are buried in this cemetery. We want to thank Dave Hepburn, General Manager of Historic Union Cemetery for his trust.
Juanita Medina, will be the new Director for Garden of Innocence/Kern and she will be needing a lot of community support, so please log onto the garden tab under "Our Gardens" to see the list of volunteer positions available. If you don't see it there, look under the volunteer tab and there should be a list of positions to fill. juanitaM@gardenofinnocence.org
Sacramento, CA Garden of Innocence/Sierra is currently being built by Eastlawn Memorial Cemetery. They have offered to give us a space in their downtown cemetery and we are very excited about it.
Victor Junior will be running the garden and is looking for volunteers, so please log onto our tab under "Our Gardens" on the left and look at the volunteer positions he will need to be filled. We are needing donations, so please consider your next donation to go to the lost children in Sacramento county. Joining this garden will be the counties of Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Yolo, Yuba & Sutter. If you live in any of these counties please consider being the volunteer coordinator for your county. Each county will need a representative, so please consider this position as we need your help to take care of your counties children. VictorH@gardenofinnocence.org
We have been asked by the County Coroner of Placer County, CA to come build a garden in their area. They are thinking that because their need is so low that we could combine Sacramento County and Placer together. We have volunteers in the Roseville area who all live in a retirement community and have expressed the desire to care for this new garden. As seniors, they told us that they have time on their hands and would never want to see this happen to one of their grandchildren. So with that said, we are moving forward to lay the ground work for a new garden in the Roseville area.
Today, This is where the abandoned children are resting. No longer abandoned and loved by many!
THANK YOU THANK YOU
TO THE LEROE FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
FOR THEIR DONATION TO
GARDEN OF INNOCENCE THIS WEEK.
WE SO APPRECIATE YOUR KIND HEARTS IN
CHOOSING GARDEN OF INNOCENCE AS THIS
THANK YOU LEROE FAMILY
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
Garden of Innocence National
Who are we? We are people that care - a lot! We are going to make sure no child leaves this earth without someone who cared! We are going to build a Garden of Innocence in every state so this will not happen. We are going to strive to bring communites together to help us care for these children and know that they are doing the right and good thing. What we need is your help one state at a time! We are a non-profit, non-denominational and completely run by community volunteers.
April 12th 2013
Elissa will be traveling to San Francisco to support the new baby going into the Garden on Friday April 12th at 1 PM. On Saturday, she will be traveling to Sacramento to meet with Lisa West of East Lawn Memorial park to visit Sierra Hills Memorial Park to look at a space that East Lawn is thinking of providing to Garden of Innocence/Sacramento County & Placer County.
On Saturday she will also be traveling to Placer County to meet with the volunteers that want to help run this garden, make blankets and help with wood working.
On Monday and Tuesday, she will be meeting with Sheriff Coroner Yatt, to see if they will allow us to help with the indigent burials of children. We are very excited about this new garden.
Elissa traveled to Fresno to have a meeting with the coordinators of Garden of Innocence/San Joaquin Valley to discuss fund raising ideas. We had a very pleasant visit and toured the new garden. They added a tree that they will be decorating for holidays to get people involved in the garden. What a great idea. Everyone that helps run this garden are wonderful caring people and we are so grateful that they found us. Thank you Roy, Donna and Elaine, you are amazing!
Netreia, traveled to a very large meeting in Rochester, New York to speak with everyone involved in that new garden. She had a sucessful meeting and we are in hope that this Garden of Innocene/Rochester, NY will be up and running by summer.
October 4th, Elissa will be flying to Baltimore, Maryland, as we will have a booth at the National Medical Examiners Convention. We are hopeful that we will be able to get our information out to many MEs across America and save the Garden money in travel costs to meet each one individually. Wish us luck!
September 25th: We did it! We got Fresno County Board of of Supervisors to approve a Garden of Innocence here in Fresno county.
We will need a lot help here for this first service as there will be 18 babies.
If anyone here in the Fresno area wanted to volunteer, please call Elissa at 888-535-4772 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4th, Netreia and Elissa will be meeting with Bishop McKinney who has promised to get our information directly into President Obama's hands. We have been searching for a government grant and there is none that are available for us, so we are hopeful with a little help from Washington, we can find some help and also let President Obama know the plight of these children.
September 17th, Elissa has been invited to speak at the California Coroners Symposium in Orange and they also donated a booth for us. We are hopeful this wil get the word out about us to many of California's Counties and save us travel money in trying to go there and meet each one.
September 24th, Elissa will be returning to Fresno for a press conference and a meeting with the County Board of Directors & County Council for the final decision to have a Garden of Innocence in Fresno County.
Elissa will be flying to Fresno, CA on August 28 to meet with Elaine at Mt. View Cemetery along with Kelly Wiefel, Deputy Coroner of Fresno to see the land that Mt. View Cemetery would like to donate to the new Garden in Fresno. We are almost there. There are still a few issues that need to be ironed out with the Board of Supervisors and we are hopeful that this will be completed soon.
There are 16 babies waiting for us there.
August 11th we welcomed Baby George to Garden of Innocence/San Diego.
July 28th, we welcomed babies MarcieAnn, Travis and David to Garden of Innocence/San Diego.
June 15 at 1:00 PM
Memorial Service for two babies in
Garden of Innocence/Bay Area
San Francisco Columbarium
1 Lorraine Court San Francisco
If you are in the area, please plan on attending. It's such a beautiful place. This garden is in very much need of donations so please consider donating to this wonderful garden.
Had a wonderful talk with Debbie Jackson of Sterling, Alaska. She wants to help us establish new Garden of Innocences in Alaska. Even though Debbie is confined to her chair, she is pretty mighty with the computer on her lap, so I know she will work hard to make this happen. Thank you Debbie!
In April we traveled to the west side of the state of New York and started laying the ground work for Garden of Innocence to come to New York. Thanks to Neteria Carroll, we were well received by the commissioners she spoke to and we are hoping that we will hear some good news soon about opening new gardens in New York.
March 13th we will be traveling to Maricopa County, Arizona to meet the coroner's office to see if they will allow us to help them with their indigent program for children. Babs France who has been a volunteer for Garden of Innocence/San Diego is going to be the director of our new Garden of Innocence/Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, Arizona. Please keep us in your prayers that we can make this happen.
Hoping to return to Las Vegas this month as well. Today we talked to the Coroner of Clark county and he felt it was the time to come back and talk again. We are so looking forward to this.
We traveled along Hwy 99 in California in February to meet with coroners in all the counties from Bakersfield to San Joaquin.
We had a wonderful time meeting coroners and telling them about the Garden and seeing if they will allow us to work with them in their indigent program.
Our goal is to have Garden of Innocence throughout California and then head to parts unknown.
Babs France has offered to lay the ground work in Phoenix, Arizona so we are looking forward to heading there in March.
In May we are heading to the east coast to meet the coroners in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. We have volunteers wanting a Garden of Innocence in their area.
Please consider visiting our donation page so that we can be assured that this Garden will continue to grow so that no child leaves this earth without someone who cared.
If you know someone in the following counties that might be interested in helping us in their area, please ask them to contact us.
Kern, Fresno, King, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Orange Counties
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
Elissa with Mike Gunn the new Director of Garden of Innocence/Bay Area. He will be handling all nine counties surrounding the Bay area.
We had a great visit to San Francisco. Spent five days in the city and visited all the coroners and Public Administrators around the bay area. We will be caring for the abandoned and unidentified children in the following counties: San Francisco County Sonoma County Alameda County Marin County Santa Clara County Napa County Solano County San Mateo County We have an amazing volunteer in San Francisco, who will be the coordinator for all the counties, Sr. Dep. Mike Gunn with the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. Also my dear friend from high school days, Ken Grant will be the point of contact for Solano County. We need volunteers from each county so if you are interested, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com Thank you to Mary Nardell for traveling with me and helping me keep to the right road. Driving in San Francisco can be a challenge, so am very thankful Mary was my navigator. Found a great spot to stay: The Handerly in Union Square gave us a discount and provided a very nice rest. Think about the Handerly next time you go to San Francisco as it is close to everything and easy access to freeway, Bart and cablecar.
********************************** Our sincere thanks to Stewart Enterprises who are the ones that have donated space for us at area cemeteries. We are so grateful for their kind heart in giving these children a beautiful place to rest. If you are looking for a final resting place for a loved one, please contact Stewart Enterprises for a location near you. They can be reached at www.stewartenterprises.com
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!
P.O. Box 722 Carlsbad, California 92008 888-535-4772 Toll Free 156 Walker Way Vista, CA 92083 (Office) firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to speak to Elissa Davey right away? The toll free number above goes directly to her cell phone
You can also speak to Dr. Netreia Carroll at 619-519-9090 or email her at email@example.com
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