Saturday was a special day for Sunrise of Pasco and for the Abdul family as Troop #1263 “handed” back the newlyrenovated garden. The Wesley Chapel troop of Girl Scouts picked Karina’s Garden, located at the administrative offices at Sunrise of Pasco, to complete requirements for the SilverAward. Girl Scouts Alyssa Duran, Paige Traboulay, and Kaitlin Traboulay turned a neglected space back into a beautiful garden with help from their parents, local artist Lisa Tesla, pest control expert Chris Wirt of All Animal Control of Tampa Bay, and Sunil Mohammed of Totally Blu H20.
The garden was dedicated to the memory of former Shelter Director, Karina Adbul in 2008. The garden provides a quiet and serene place for staff, participants, and visitors to the Sunrise offices on Smith Road.
In attendance at the ribbon cutting were Karina’s family who still live in the area, Jestina Abdul, mother-in-law, Lisa Abdul, sister-in-law, and niece, Nicole Abdul.
Sunrise of Pasco is an equal opportunity, non-profit services provider that offers victim services free of charge. Since 1982, Sunrise of Pasco has been providing free victim services to people in the community who are hurting. Sunrise maintains a 40-bed emergency shelter to provide protection for women and children in crisis; provides free counseling services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and foster a culture of non-violence through various community engagement efforts. The agency serves thousands of women, men and children annually, when – in a better world – this kind of work would not even be necessary.