Facing the Future

From an early age I’ve been fascinated with food.  Why do we eat what we eat?  I wondered what unprepared foods looked like.  How they tasted and worked together for nutrition.   Where they came from.  How they are sustained.  For me this blossomed a passion for sustainability.  How sustainable is one of the most important systems that we know?  Food …

Exactly a year ago today, I never would have imagined I could be in this place now.

Not too long ago, I was in a marriage living in a home with my husband and children, and my mom lived close by. My dad died when I was twelve, and my mom and I have always been very close since then. I was married for fourteen years and have been through a lot with my husband. Addiction was …

I Promised Myself

Donna spoke at our 2017 Downtown Store Gala Holiday Open House on December 1, 2017.  The trainees had been working in the workshop for over a month, creating wreaths, decorating our beeswax candles, making our bath and body products, baking mixes, herb salts and much more! This Open House celebrated our trainees’ work and achievements. Hello everyone, welcome. I’m Donna …

2014 Annual Report: Training Program

Relationships, engagement, accomplishment and positive emotion all play an integral part in well-being. A strength of our training program is our investment in the whole person, so that trainees can sustain their well being after graduation. This is how trainees describe the effect the Training Program has had on their lives: “Social workers, volunteers, employees, and other trainees are a …

Homeless Garden Project Store Grows Up

Early on, the Women’s Organic Flower Enterprise filled a void in Homeless Garden Project’s training program during the winter months and held out the promise of earned income for the Project. In 2014, the Homeless Garden Project Store has done so much more than fill out the training program in the winter months.  Today it’s at the center of a web of community …

How HGP’s Training Program Works: A Look Inside

The training program at the Homeless Garden Project serves as a principle mechanism to ensure HGP achieves our mission, which states “in the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world”. In interviewing prospective trainees, our staff looks at three central qualifying features in a candidate. A candidate …