HOMELESS GARDEN PROJECT

Santa Cruz, CA   |  www.homelessgardenproject.org

Mission

Our mission:
In the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world.

Our vision:
We envision a thriving and inclusive community, workforce and local food system.

We value:
The capacity of every individual for growth and renewal;
The joy of growing and sharing healthy food;
The well-being created by vibrant social and natural ecosystems.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Darrie Ganzhorn

Main address

PO Box 617

Santa Cruz, CA 95061 USA

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EIN

77-0475165

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Training (J22)

Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services (C40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Homeless Garden Project

Our job training and transitional employment program, now in its 26th year, is modeled on a theory of change that paid short-term employment, coupled with educational and support services, provides a direct route to stable housing and employment. Research from the National Transitional Jobs Network, as well as our 92% success rate of employment and housing achieved by recent graduates, strongly support this theory.

Homeless individuals apply and commit to an intensive transitional employment program that matches them with a supportive staff and a social worker while they engage in professional and personal development trainings for up to 12 months. Trainees receive wages and support in their pursuit of long-term sustainability while they move through a variety of revenue producing employment offerings that provide on-the-job training (on our organic farm, in our workshop, and at our retail site).

Additionally, we offer an open invitation to anyone in need of a safe and supportive refuge, a structured work environment, and a nutritious organic meal to come volunteer in our workshop or farm any Tuesday-Friday.

As Santa Cruz’s longest running CSA program, trainees engage with the community by providing healthy organic produce to subscribing community members, the public via the farmstand, and thousands of neighbors who are in need via partnerships with ten nonprofits enrolled in the Feed Two Birds program. Helping homeless individuals develop a strong sense of self-worth through meaningful work is a key piece of our program’s mission and another way that healthy food can heal an individual and neighborhood.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Operations

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HOMELESS GARDEN PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Allison Garcia

Wesley Jordan

Allison Garcia

Cathy Calfo

Mark Primack

Patrick Dexter

Mark Lipson

Michael Laffoon

Paul Lee

Phil Kramer

Elizabeth Gummere

Sally Shepard

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes