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Home Depot assists horticulture program at Winters Center

Employees of Home Depot in Coram donated their time and materials to further enhance the Horticulture Program at Winters Center for Autism in West Babylon. 

The donation, in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, helped program participants to learn how to build and install raised garden beds.

“We are incredibly thankful for Howard Hafkin, Coram Home Depot store manager, along with his colleagues who selected Winters Center for Autism to receive three raised vegetable planting beds along with supplies,” said Christine Ponzio, executive director of Winters Center. “They also were generous enough to provide our center with beautiful mums to help decorate the building.”

Hafkin, who has a nephew with autism, said he was happy to help.

“To be able to come and contribute means something so personal to me, this was truly an outstanding experience,” Hafkin said.

The Winters Center’s transition programs offer participants with autism aged 21 and over the opportunity to learn the vocational, social and independent living skills important for employment success.

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