Proceeds from purchases support transitional employment program with 100% success rate
SANTA CRUZ — The Homeless Garden Project, an innovator in transitional employment and sustainable agriculture, today announced its seasonal Holiday Store will open Monday, Nov. 12, at 1338 Pacific Avenue, between El Palomar and the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co.
The shop will carry a variety of handcrafted gifts including wreaths, beeswax candles, lavender products and baking mixes made in its training program from herbs and flowers grown by trainees at the Homeless Garden Project’s organic farm. Bath products and a new line of jams and jellies round out the store’s product lines. All proceeds benefit the Homeless Garden Project.
The store’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 6, closed Thanksgiving. From Dec. 7-24, the store will be open daily, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Homeless Garden Project’s transitional employment and job training program serves individuals in Santa Cruz County who are experiencing homelessness, have barriers to employment and who wish to reach financial self-sufficiency. Since 1990, the Homeless Garden Project has helped trainees overcome obstacles to re-entering the workforce and gaining stable housing, graduating more than 650 individuals from the program. In 2017, 100% of HGP graduates secured a job. By shopping at the holiday store, guests will be helping to support trainees in transforming their lives and gaining the skills they need to build their home in the world.
To volunteer at the Holiday Store, please contact Justin Wright, Volunteer Coordinator, at JustinW@homelessgardenproject.org.