To be a transitional housing program providing a Christian environment that helps homeless families become self-supportive, self reliant contributors to society.
Transitional Housing's primary program focus is moving families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days. In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey the program guidelines, and attend volunteer taught classes in life skills, employment, community living, and budgeting. In addition to housing and life-skills counseling Hillcrest provides the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc. Although Hillcrest Transitional Housing provides a supportive Christian environment, it places no religious requirement on any resident, and no volunteer, resident, or donor is discriminated against because of race, creed, ethnicity, or religion
I live in a loft downtown, so I don't get much opportunity to garden. This place fits the bill perfectly! You get to work with people of all ages doing typical gardening activities (no exposure to pesticides/herbicides.. it's all organic). The produce you help grow goes to the people that are in the onsite transitional housing; you are helping people transition from poverty into sustainable living scenarios, so you can tangibly see the difference you're making by just looking around you. And what's more, the garden produces so much, volunteers take home fresh veggies!
Combine this with a friendly staff there, and it's just an all-around rewarding, fun experience.