Originally Published: December 29, 2007 7:27 p.m.
I encourage everyone to drive by the corner of Cortez and Leroux streets in Prescott.
If you had seen the corner before, you would recall that a West Yavapai Guidance Clinic outpatient service site has been there since 1984. And, you would likely recall a nondescript, weedy hillside that needed attention. The first impression for our clients didn't mirror the professionalism and quality service inside. We wanted to change that.
On Oct. 13 more than 50 local volunteers gathered to change this corner of Prescott. Leading the effort was Landscape Contractor Lesley Alward who donated countless hours on the project. Lesley took on the effort as part of her commitment to the Yavapai County Master Gardeners program, and other master gardeners joined her. Providing energy and hard work in this effort were the members of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Air Force ROTC program. They came out by the dozens to shovel and plant.
Working with the others were residents of Chapter 5, a local sober-living home for men. Their agency's leadership and residents are dedicated to giving back to the community. And the others holding shovels to make this volunteer-driven project happen were Guidance Clinic staffers who came out after a busy week of service.
Approximately 400 children come to our Cortez Clinic to see a therapist, case manager, doctor or nurse. When a foster parent, guardian, mom or dad drives up to the Clinic at Cortez and Leroux streets now, their child will see a beautiful first impression.
Director of Development and Communication
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic