12 Apr A Garden of Love
Garden Volunteer Bobbe Katzman Brings Joy to Families
Our Cleveland Ronald McDonald House, affectionately and fortuitously known as the “Garden House” is unique in the Ronald McDonald House world. The Garden House offers more than two acres of spectacular gardens and green space for families to explore and enjoy during their stay.
Our gardens were thoughtfully designed as a place of comfort and respite for families—a place to wander, reflect and discover—a place of contemplation, community, and carefree play. Here, families can be families and kids can be kids.
Many life experiences and meaningful memories have been made in these gardens. They are a true and lasting gift, one that carries a deep responsibility and commitment to care for them today and beyond. This care is often a daunting, overwhelming job requiring many hands. We needed a gardening angel to help us organize and tend to everything created and envisioned for the outdoor space.
The vision of Bobbe cruising around in her tractor is priceless……cheerfully putt-putting over to our work area to pick up trash/branches, etc., sitting so erect and steady. She is a gem!
Enter Bobbe Katzman. It has been more than 25 years since Bobbe took up the offer to help us “a day or two” in the gardens. Her initial once a week volunteering stint became a five-days-a-week commitment. Over the decades Bobbe has been the beating heart of our garden efforts. She has passionately and skillfully coordinated the weekly volunteer team’s efforts to maintain and beautify all that we see in the gardens. Her impact on the House and those who volunteer alongside her is immeasurable.
Congratulations Bobbe for 25 years of inspired service. And on behalf of the families who have lived at the Garden House, thank you!
—Mark Destino. Facilities Manager
Below, Bobbe’s team of gardening volunteers share the impact she has had on them.