A pro-compassion organization serving Fargo-Moorhead
Plants for Patients is a grassroots organization rooted in community engagement that promotes neighborliness and humanitarianism. The program strives to begin breaking down the social stigmas perpetrated against individuals who have experienced abortion by leveraging the kindness of community to create a network of love and support. Plants for Patients is pro-compassion and pro-choice organization that serves the Fargo-Moorhead community.
We build on social practice art theory as well as research on the effect of nature and plant life in the healing process. People who have had abortions are offered a handmade ceramic planter, a small plant, and a handwritten note of support to promote both emotional and physical healing, and to establish a connection–an anonymous bridge of love and support–with their community.
Pro-Compassion & Compassionate Communication
Bridging connection through a commitment to practicing compassionate communication, we recognize our interconnectedness and affirm the goodness and value of all people.
Collaboration, Creativity & Sustainability
We partner with individuals and organizations to honor the unique talents each of us contribute as we grow together in service, learning, and play.
Accessibility & Inclusivity
We are committed to creating physically accessible, mentally nurturing, emotionally safe, and socially engaging, affirming spaces for all collaborators and their expressions of self.
Integrity & Commitment to Service
We strive to demonstrate our commitment to social justice and service through ethical community-building practices of honesty, transparency, mutuality, cultural competency, reflection and assessment as we strive to meet the unique needs of those we serve.
“I am really moved and had to swallow hard a couple of times. This project really means something to real people.”
Since its humble beginnings in March 2012 as an undergraduate ceramics thesis project at North Dakota State University, the organization has grown to serve thousands of patients and their families through the gift of plants and notes of support. Our community work has been highlighted in the Fargo Forum, Studio Potter magazine, the High Plains Reader, RH Reality Check, American Craft Council blog, the Abortion Care Network, the Abortion Conversation Project, and the NCECA Journals Vol.33 & 34. Plants for Patients is a registered 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt non-profit charitable organization.