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ORGANIZATION: Homeless Garden Project



The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990, provides job training, transitional

employment and supportive services to people who are experiencing homelessness. In

complement, HGP operates a thriving community education and volunteer program. HGP's

programs take place in a 3.5-acre organic farm and related enterprises. Social Work Volunteers

(SWV) work with HGP's Connecting with Community program. SWV work one-on-one with

trainees to promote trainees' full participation in our job training and transitional employment

programs by addressing needs such as health care, legal issues, transportation, and shelter.

With SWV, trainees identify goals that will create and sustain their own well-being. SWV monitor

trainee progress toward goals and support meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In

addition, SWV foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal

related to a career plan.

Duration of position: mid-May through early September

Schedule: 10-12 hours/week; Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Thursdays are currently required; social work and staff meetings are held Thursday, 1-2 PM

HGP offers Social Work Volunteers a schedule with some flexibility and choice within the

structure of our trainees' weekly work schedule. Meetings with trainees take place during their

workday; Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-2:00. Social Work Volunteers work with trainees to find the best

times to meet. Thursdays are currently required; supervision, social work and staff meetings are

held on this day. Meetings take place in person at our 3.5-acre organic farm.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Assessment: work with trainees to identify current needs.

Service Planning: collaboratively develop a plan focused on supports, activities, and

resources required to achieve personal goals.

Advocacy and Referrals: help educate and connect trainees to available and appropriate

resources.

Counseling & Goal Setting: provide support and structure for relevant goal setting.

Desired Traits & Skills:

Good listening skills

Well organized

Appreciation of diversity & commitment to social justice

Bachelor's degree in related field

Orientation & Training:

Work under supervision of Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Training in Motivational Interviewing, service planning and evaluation

Benefits to Volunteer:

Experience working in nonprofit social service setting

Familiarity with community resources

Develop counseling skills

Gain training in Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology

To apply: Submit resume to evanj@homelessgardenproject.org

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About Homeless Garden Project

Location:

30 West Cliff Drive P.O. 617, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95061, US

Mission Statement

The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project helps men and women gain skills and confidence to enter wider communities. We provide training and transitional employment within a community-supported organic garden. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.

Description

The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project helps men and women gain skills and confidence to enter wider communities. We provide training and transitional employment within a community-supported organic garden. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.

CAUSE AREAS

Employment
Homeless & Housing
Hunger
Employment, Homeless & Housing, Hunger

WHEN

Wed May 11, 2022 - Mon Sep 05, 2022
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM

WHERE

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(36.9796,-122.042)
 

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