Belonging to Something Bigger Than Myself

If you would have told me just a few short months ago that I will be asked to speak for the city of Santa Cruz, honestly I would’ve told you that you were crazy. No one tells you life is easy. But I believe it is as hard as you make it, and I made my life extremely hard for …

Systems of Poverty: Understanding Structural Causes of Homelessness

Presented by Morgan Bishop When we talk about the causes of homelessness, we must first understand that there is no one main cause, meaning there is no single solution. The factors that have contributed to the crisis of homelessness that we see today cut across the sectors of politics, the legal system, economic spheres, social welfare systems, and ideology. To …

Our Beloved 2020-2021 Social Work Team

“Since working here, I now have people that care about me and people that care about what I do. I have people that will applaud me if I do well and will be concerned if I falter.” –Cody Davis, HGP trainee Someone to talk to, someone I can be vulnerable with, my social worker has gone above and beyond to …

A Light, A Raft, An Outstretched Hand

I am truly honored to be asked to speak today honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work and message of non-violence, unity, and love has deeply impacted many lives across the world. He worked to dismantle the systems of inequality that created conditions of poverty for so many communities worldwide. He believed that hunger and poverty were not individual …

We Are Not Meant To Suffer Alone

Hello. My name is Patricia and this is the first time I’ve told my story. I was born in “fabulous” Las Vegas on the first day of summer, in 1973. Growing up in that hot desert valley was a stark contrast to the wet alfalfa farm in Utah that my grandmother moved to Vegas from. My grandfather left her to …

Cultivating Growth with Seedfolks

Tickets available HERE! HGP’s third event of the Sustain in Place: A series of at-home tastings, features readings from Seedfolks, by Newberry Medal winner Paul Fleischman. This story, suitable for both adults and children, is of a diverse cast of characters transforming an empty lot in Cleveland, Ohio into a community garden and the transformations that they personally experience. The story resonates with HGP’s …

Living Up to the Memory of My Parents

Hello my name is Cody Davis. I am 33 years old and I’m a native of California, being born in Monterey County in the mountains of Carmel Valley. I would like to share with you my experience with the Homeless Garden Project and the significant change in my life since becoming a trainee.  I would like to start by giving …

Podcast with Jennifer Jewell

Jennifer Jewell’s podcast is up! It’s one of the most beautiful pieces about the Homeless Garden Project that we have heard. Thank you to all who contributed. Cultivating Place with Jennifer Jewell: http://bit.ly/CultivatingHGP 

Somewhere To Belong

Hello my name is Brenda Deckman and I love who I am today. I am proud to be part of the staff here at the Homeless Garden Project. It has changed my life completely. Almost 20 years ago, I left an abusive relationship and lost my son and my home. It was a difficult decision to leave, made when I …

A man in a dark shirt and baseball hat stands looking out over a garden, his back to the camera.

From the Bottom of My Heart: A Graduation Farewell

I’m no longer afraid to leave this sacred space in which we share. Upon reflection of the time I’ve spent with this amazing organization, and how I will survive without their daily help and support, I came to a realization: There are plenty of people out there who need this experience now just as badly as I needed it a year and seven months ago, and my moving on will open up an opportunity for someone who may be stuck the exact same way that I was, and I truly hope that HGP finds them like they found me.