OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

St. Ann’s Garden of Hope

Growing in space and harvest each year, St. Ann’s Garden of Hope is a place where people gather to celebrate life, build friendships, beautify their neighborhood and promote good nutrition by growing healthy food for people who live in the area.

The garden project seeks to inspire the community and to connect volunteers and our OSF HealthCare Mission Partners to the active promotion of healthy lifestyles. The project aligns with the church’s role in ministering to the whole person – body, mind and spirit. It also fulfills several components of the Faith Community Nursing program Model for Healthy Living.

Located at 1414 W. Antoinette St., adjacent to St. Ann Catholic Church, the Garden of Hope provides a safe place for family, friends and neighbors to gather and support each other. Working in the garden is a productive physical activity. The healthy fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested are shared throughout the neighborhood. 


Volunteer workdays

Volunteers are needed throughout the planting, growing and harvesting seasons.

  • Build the garden beds: April 12-13
  • Planting: April 26-27, May 3-4, May 17-18
  • Ongoing help: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – noon

Volunteer Application

Donors needed

If you are unable to work in the garden but have a heart for this ministry, please consider a financial donation.  

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What is a Faith Community Nurse?

The OSF Faith Community Nursing program is a unique partnership between two healing entities – our hospitals and the faith community. Faith Community nurses partner with clergy and health care organizations to advocate for the health and well-being of church congregations. The program focuses on preventative health care, showing members how to lead healthier lives through education, screenings and referrals to community resources.

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