As HGP Board President Beth Gummere wrote in her recent letter, more than ever, we need one another.
Our world here in Santa Cruz has been turned upside down by fires and a pandemic that has made us even more aware of how tenuous our stability is and how quickly life events beyond our control can lead to a loss of income and a loss of housing. These events also underscore the importance of community.
The work of the Homeless Garden Project, helping those without shelter to move towards self-sufficiency, is more urgently needed than ever before. HGP provides an opportunity for people to overcome deep uncertainty and instability in their lives in a supportive environment, while building job skills, confidence and self-esteem. On average, greater than 90% of our graduates obtain stable housing and employment within 3 months of leaving the program.
The Impact Fund supports trainees by providing wages that help trainees meet basic needs and reinforce standards of employment. Our graduate, Brenda, tells how our program supported transformation in her life. “The Homeless Garden Project gave me the feeling that I have been looking for all my life--that I actually belong somewhere.” Read Brenda's full testimonial here.
Please join us in supporting people like Brenda by helping us grow the impact of our proven, successful model at a new permanent site where we can serve more trainees.