CONTACT: Olean For
LOCATION: East 3rd Street Between Avenues B
In 1978 Olean For recognized the degradation of
her neighborhood due to drugs and set out to save
youth from drug abuse. She gathered people off the
streets of all ages to build the All Peopleís
Garden. The garden serves hundreds of people each
year of all ages and races.
The garden is financed by the Council on the
Environment and has a long term lease. Olean does not
believe that it will be threatened during her life
time. She has been recognized nation-wide by elected
leaders and thanked by many for her work to hel p
keep children off drugs and to help those who have
been affected by drugs or violence.
Eventually, Olean hopes to turn the garden over to
the Third Street Block Association where members of
the Girls Club will direct garden programs, maintain
the garden, and continue the many community oriented
projects to which Olean has contributed. In addition
to being populated with birds, animals and flowers,
the garden has a program for 15 teenage First
Offenders which was started in 1979. There is also a
Head Start program for 4-12 year olds, local artists
run childrenís programs, and there are youth and
teen drug prevention projects.
Olean For has worked diligently for nineteen years
to make her community both safe and beautiful. She
has devoted her energies to improving the lives of
the children in this neighborhood by causing them to
create life, through the garden, instead of d
estroying their own lives through drugs and crime.