For most Englewood residents, violence is woven into the fabric of daily life. Although residents and community members walk freely into the house when it is open, once the Peace House closes, Englewood residents still have to deal with their problems though many lack the resources or support to do so outside the Peace House.

In a neighborhood where violence happens so frequently, one where residents are constantly reminded that they are valued less, with police stopping them five times more than in predominantly white districts, the garden signifies peace and hope for some and it is one way to cope with the losses that happen all too frequently. Although splashes of paint on fences and some flowers might seem trivial, a “greened” environment has been proven to reduce crime and uplift moods.