Deciding to Change

My name is Shadley.  I grew up in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.  I was born into a good loving family, my parents are still married after 46 years, and still living in the same house I grew up in.  They are very decent and loving people who made sure I was raised right.  They both worked very hard to …

As unique as a fingerprint

As Unique as a Fingerprint

I never guessed that when I grew up, I would actually experience homelessness. I was the picture of success at a young age, having started working at 15 and loving it. I went into banking at 19 and by 25 years old, I was a top-performing Store Manager in a Wells Fargo branch in San Jose. And then, completely shocking …

Volunteer Perspectives: Coming to Understand, Can’t Keep Away, Planting Seeds and Friendships

Stories from our Volunteers: 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Claire Gallegos: A Place of Power and Beauty The power and the beauty of the farm is hard to understand until you’ve walked on the soil and experienced it yourself. Both seeds and friendships are planted here and it’s an honor to be able to witness and experience them growing alongside each other. …

Valued, and Valuable

Good evening, everyone, and thank you so much for being here in support of the Homeless Garden Project holiday store. All of us on the Homeless Garden Project crew that have been working diligently over the past several months to create these exciting gifts are very proud of what we have to offer in our store. We hope you enjoy …

Watching My Life Bloom

My name is Jessica and this is my truth. I always knew that my chronic homelessness had a thin line between being caused by chance and by circumstance. What started by circumstance created a pattern in my life that consisted of bad choices and hard decisions. A lot of it can also depend on your stance of whether or not …

This Magical Garden Has Transformed Me

Good morning everyone and thank you for coming out and showing your support to the Homeless Garden Project.  I showed up here several months ago as a volunteer at the suggestion of my doctor. You see, I have been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure which has taken a back seat to my Aspergillus Fungus in my lungs. I’m told to …

A Passion to Stay with Me the Rest of My Life

First off I want to thank Darrie for having me up here, and I want to thank all of you for your time. I am up here tonight to describe my life before and after I found the garden. My name is Ricky, I am a crew member and here is my story. Knowing pain for so long, you become …

I Am Doing Something Special with My Life Now

Hi everyone, my name is Dianna Hope and I’m proud to be a trainee at the Homeless Garden Project! The Homeless Garden Project not only helps the homeless, but we help many community members through organizations like Hospice, and the Boys and Girls Club, not to mention the Transition Age Youth program. HGP helps our community with organic foods and …