Groups Recovery Center gets windows dressed up by local Girl Scouts
One day while walking downtown, Main Street Wilmington Co-Director’s got the bright idea to beautify Main Street by dressing windows of empty storefronts or windows that needed a little help. A makeover of sorts, that was quickly dubbed “Operation Storefront”.
Then, out of the blue, a Volunteer named Allison Gay stepped forward and said she had a troop of Girl Scouts that might like to help dress windows. Not wanting to wait until Holidazzle for this opportunity, Julie and Darcy seized the moment and started asking Main Street merchants and landlords if they could use a window for the first beautification in Operation Storefront.
Groups Recover Together opened up at 37 Main Street and the Co-Directors noticed this bright sky blue paint and white picket fences in the front windows, and a garden was born! Groups is a therapeutic recovery center for the treatment of opiate addiction, and Main Street Wilmington Co-Directors Julie Bolton and Darcy Reynolds thought this was the perfect place to decorate with a spring garden symbolizing hope and re-birth.
After a design and strategic planning meeting with the young ladies of Girl Scout Troop 32476, Troop Leaders Jolene Hoggatt, Jeanette Fuller and Allison Gay helped direct the girls in their creation of paper flowers, raindrops, rainbows, and paper chains. The Troop even brought real flowers to plant in the planters outside the windows!
They took their inspiration from nature and from an impromptu visit to Jennifer Steele’s Art Studio Over the Moon Paint and Party in the Murphy Studios. Jennifer spent a lot of time with the Girl Scouts the night of their planning session and it was all just by chance- sometimes the best encounters happen that way!
The result is a beautiful Spring Garden highlighted by a poem about Girl Scouts in one of the windows in vinyl letters. These girls did such an amazing job, and the Clinic Director Stephanie and therapists and patients have all remarked about how much more cheerful the entry way is now after the Girl Scouts makeover. The girls learned a lot about design, planning, organizing and installation of a major art exhibit. It is truly impressive!
Take a look for yourself- here are some photos, and please take a stroll down Main Street, in the block between Mulberry and South Street and pause at the windows of Groups. And thank the Girl Scouts Troop 32476 when you see them!