A local Girl Scout is using her Silver Award project to help bring some peace to those in an abusive relationship and others who are trying to help them get out of it.
Breanne Dymek, an eighth-grader at Council Rock’s Holland Middle School, transformed the entranceway of A Woman’s Place in Doylestown Township into a welcoming garden.
“I feel it is very important there is a place that people can go if they feel they need to,” Breanne, 13, said. “I feel very grateful in our community to have this place to go for help.”
The administrative offices off Almshouse Road are a critical staging point for members of the non-profit organization to do their work as they serve abuse victims.
However, up until early August, the entranceway had been anything but inviting.
It was filled with weeds and overgrown plants, trees and shrubbery.
Breanne, a Girl Scout for eight years and a member of Troop 2658, Rock United Service Unit 621, sought to change that.
The teen worked with her mother, Dawnmarie Dymek, who leads Unit 621, and two of her fellow Girl Scouts and local businesses to convert the entranceway into a tranquil garden setting.
Breanne and the volunteers spent five to eight hours a day over the course of several days during the blazing hot heat of early August to tear out the overgrown greenery and replace them with 30 fresh plants and mulch.
“I enjoyed doing it even though some of the Yews (a type of tree) were hard to get out because they are so old,” Breanne said.
There are a variety of different types of plants in the new garden including Pink Panther Coral Bells, Heller’s Japanese Holly, Himalayan Sweet Box, Twinkle Toes Lungwort and Dixie Wood Ferns, she said.
In addition to the plants, Breanne and her fellow Girl Scouts collected rocks from the Dymek’s backyard in Northampton Township.
They painted inspirational words including “courage,” “smile” and “hope” on them and spread the rocks throughout the garden.
“She created a very peaceful environment for us,” said Rita Brouwer-Ancher, the development director at A Woman’s Place. “The garden provides a place of meditation and respite.”
Breanne said she received assistance and or donations for her project from JDT Petroleum, Lawn Depot, Gasper’s Landscaping, BHHS Fox & Roach, Warwick Green Grinders and municipal workers in her hometown.
She will be honored for her accomplishment during an October 3rd Girl Scout ceremony.
The Silver Award is the second highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, according to the organization’s website.
Girls in sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade who are registered Girl Scout cadettes are eligible to do the community service projects.
Breanne is now aiming for the Girl Scouts highest honor, the Gold Award.
She can begin working on that project when she gets to high school next year, according to the Girl Scout website.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Breanne’s mom, Dawnmarie Dymek. “She really sees where people struggle and she wants to help them with that.”
PHOTO CAP: A nice new entranceway to A Woman’s Place, courtesy of Breanne Dymek.