Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center staff, program graduates, current beneficiaries and members of the public gathered on Friday to hold a ribbon-cutting to dedicate a new memorial garden on the property to the memory of the beloved late program director Jack Thorpe, who passed away last year.
Thorpe, a graduate of the program himself, was well respected and loved by all the men and motivated many towards a life of long-term recovery. Many who came through the ARC program have credited Thorpe with saving their life.
Thorpe served at the ARC for more than 18 years. He passed away in January 2017 after a brief illness. The living garden, which will include a water feature along with blooming flowers, honors Thorpe’s legacy, as he took great pride in the flowers he planted in front of the Adult Rehabilitation Center each year.
“If you knew Jack Thorpe you know that he made a huge impact in the lives of so many men who came through our doors,” said Captain Kim Cundiff. “The staff & alumni honor Jack Thorpe’s legacy with this living garden and look forward to watching it grow in scope for many years to come.”