Open Spaces Sacred Places™
Open Spaces Sacred Places™(OSSP) are spaces intended for the encouragement of community well-being, and resilience of mind/body/spirit of both individuals and communities. These special places are conceived by an individual or organization inspired with the idea that access to nature can make a positive impact on the various community and personal challenges individuals and communities face. Behind each space is one or more “Firesouls” individuals with a burning passion to design and develop an OSSP. “These greenspaces will function as places where our communities can enter, reflect — and encourage good health and well-being,” said Smith.
Firesoul(s) – Lead person or persons passionate about the project and will see it through to completion.
Anchor Institution – Institutions (for example: for-profit, not-for-profit, city and county government entity, educational institution, community groups, or hospitals) that will serve as the hosting organization where the Open Spaces Sacred Places™ sites will be built.
Partners – Local organizations helping to create and maintain the Open Spaces Sacred Places™ sites (for example: not-for-profits, churches, garden clubs, city/county government, civic groups, businesses, community groups).
Team – People working on achieving project completion (for example: master gardeners, volunteers, friends, and builders).
The TKF Foundation, now Nature Sacred, originally conceived and created the first OSSP. The Community Foundation chose the OSSP model to celebrate the generous legacy left to northeast Alabama by Susie Parker Stringfellow almost 100 years ago. What began as one woman’s legacy has impacted millions of individuals through the provision of quality healthcare services, community wellness, and support to not-for-profit organizations which have received just over $8.5 million in grant awards since 1999. These grants have impacted health and well-being through feeding programs, sight and vision programs, and education.
About Susie Parker Stringfellow
In 1920, days before her death, Susie Parker Stringfellow penned her will outlining her charitable wishes. Susie made a planned gift that would forever improve the lives of residents in northeast Alabama. She was 51 years old. Through this gift she planted a sapling that took root as Stringfellow Memorial Hospital. A donation of this type in 1920 from a women was a little unusual. 1920 was the year women were granted the right to vote under the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Key Elements of Open Spaces Sacred Places™
The above photos were taken from the TKF Foundation website for illustration purposes. The original design and concept for Open Spaces Sacred Places began at the TKF Foundation. To learn more please visit www.naturesacred.org.
For more information:
Fred Smith, MPA, Director of Grants & Partnerships
Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama
1130 Quintard Avenue, Suite 100
Anniston, Alabama 36201
Phone (256) 231-5160, ext. 26