Connecting with  Community

Our Connecting with Community program builds well-being to support trainees' sustainable transition into a job. Trainees work in partnership with social work interns to connect with community resources, and set and work towards short and long-term goals.

Connecting with Community

Our Connecting with Community program builds well-being to support trainees' sustainable transition into a job. Trainees work in partnership with social work interns to connect with community resources, and set and work towards short and long-term goals.

" Then there’s the social workers, mine being Hannah, who is such a bright light allowing one on one healing to take place. We set weekly goals and a tangible plan for accomplishing them - I cannot emphasize enough how much I truly appreciate and value the presence of her and the other social workers. This is such a contrast from the unpredictable nature my life has previously carried out. Here I feel it possible to count on others, and I am constantly inspired to be present, nurture, and learn. "
- Anonymous Trainee

Social Work Interns

Our Social Work Interns work with our Connecting with Community program, working one-on-one with trainees to promote their full participation in our job training and transitional employment programs. Needs such as health care, legal issues, transportation and shelter are addressed throughout the year. With our social work team, trainees identify goals that will create and sustain their own well-being. The team monitors trainees' progress toward goals, as well as supports meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In addition, our social work interns foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal related to a career plan.

Our social work team is supervised by San Jose State Professor, Francis Krebs, LCSW. We are currently working with both Bachelors and Masters level Social Work Students from SJSU, CSUMB and HSU.

In addition to working with trainees one-on-one, our interns have defined three focus areas for their special projects:
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Well-being / Recovery
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Finding Flatmates

Word of Mouth

Many of our trainees are in the process of searching for reliable and affordable housing. The Finding Flatmates Initiative is designed to help our trainees connect with the community in an effort to obtain housing. Safe and affordable housing provides the stability needed to improve all areas of anyone’s life. Housing offers the support needed to maintain employment as well as offers protection from the physical environment and its health hazards.

Do you have a room to rent?

Trainees at the Homeless Garden Project receive a dependable income, and have proven themselves as reliable and hardworking. Please consider renting to one of our trainees.

A number of our trainees are also interested in a work-trade living situation. Such a situation is a strategic way to meet everyone’s needs. All of our trainees have a basic foundation in organic gardening. Other skills trainees attain while taking part in the program include problem solving, showing initiative, time management, teamwork, and responsibility.

Are you looking for housing yourself but finding that the prices in Santa Cruz County are too expensive?

Forming a group with other people who are also looking for housing is a productive way to find affordable and safe housing. Our trainees are often interested in shared housing but need your help to find appropriate roommates. Please check out our list of trainees in need of housing to see if any one would be a suitable roommate for yourself or someone you know.

Current list of trainees in need of housing

Coming Soon! If you are interested in sharing housing or offering housing to our trainees, please give us a call at (831) 426-3609-12, or email [email protected]


CURRENT TRAINEES SEEKING HOUSING

A Hot Healthy Meal

Another way we support our trainees is by providing a free nutritious lunch every Tuesday through Friday. These delicious and healthy meals are prepared by volunteers out of our farm kitchen, using organic produce from our farm. Providing our trainees with meals allows them to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Breaking bread together

These meals serve as a platform for our community to connect and regularly come together. Everyone from trainees to volunteers to interns to staff eat together, creating a positive sense of belonging that promotes wellbeing beyond the nutrients in the food. These communal meals also mitigate the sense of isolation felt by many people experiencing homelessness.

A Hot Healthy Meal

Another way we support our trainees is by providing a free nutritious lunch every Tuesday through Friday. These delicious and healthy meals are prepared by volunteers out of our farm kitchen, using organic produce from our farm. Providing our trainees with meals allows them to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Breaking bread together

These meals serve as a platform for our community to connect and regularly come together. Everyone from trainees to volunteers to interns to staff eat together, creating a positive sense of belonging that promotes wellbeing beyond the nutrients in the food. These communal meals also mitigate the sense of isolation felt by many people experiencing homelessness.