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ORGANIZATION: Homeless Garden Project

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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 Interns
(SWI) work with HGP's Connecting with Community program. SWI work one-on-one with
trainees to promote trainee's full participation in our job training and transitional employment
programs by addressing needs such as health care, legal issues, transportation, and shelter.
With SWI, trainees identify goals that will create and sustain their own well-being. SWI monitor
trainee progress toward goals and support meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In
addition, SWI foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal
related to a career plan. We look forward to working with you! The Social Work Interns
bring so much value and support to the Homeless Garden Project.

Schedule: HGP offers Social Work Interns a schedule with some flexibility and choice within the
structure of our trainees’ work schedule. Meetings with trainees take place during their workday;
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-2:00. Social Work Interns 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 are 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
Orientation & Training:
  • Work under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Training in Motivational Interviewing, service planning, and evaluation
Benefits to Intern:
  • Experience working in a nonprofit social service setting
  • Familiarity with community resources
  • Develop counseling skills
  • Gain training in Motivational Interviewing and Positive Psychology

To apply: Submit your resume to

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About Homeless Garden Project


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.


The Homeless Garden Project (HGP) provides paid job training, transitional employment, and support services to people experiencing homelessness. In complement, the Project operates a community education and volunteer program that serves over 2,500 people annually. The programs take place at our 3.5-acre organic farm and related enterprises. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.


Homeless & Housing
Community, Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


Homeless Garden Project FarmShaffer Rd & Delaware Ave.Santa Cruz, CA 95060



  • Social Work




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

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