Families struggling to stay fed, clothed, and clean do not often have the opportunity to experience the simple joys of living. St. Francis Center responds to these needs in a holistic and practical way. Two community dumps were transformed into community gardens. These community gardens grace large lots across the street from the Center and are a source of community pride. They nurture both body and spirit. A mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe resides in one of the gardens, in a bed of roses, and creates a peaceful space.