Connecting With Community
Our Connecting with Community program builds well-being to support trainees' sustainable transition into a job. Trainees work in partnership with social work interns to connect with community resources, and set and work towards short and long-term goals.
"Then there’s the social workers, mine being Hannah, who is such a bright light allowing one on one healing to take place. We set weekly goals and a tangible plan for accomplishing them--I cannot emphasize enough how much I truly appreciate and value the presence of her and the other social workers.
This is such a contrast from the unpredictable nature my life has previously carried out. Here I feel it possible to count on others, and I am constantly inspired to be present, nurture, and learn."--HGP Trainee
Social Work Interns
Our Social Work Interns work with our Connecting with Community program, working one-on-one with trainees to promote their full participation in our job training and transitional employment programs. Needs such as health care, legal issues, transportation and shelter are addressed throughout the year. With our social work team, trainees identify goals that will create and sustain their own well-being. The team will monitor trainee progress toward goals and support meaningful engagement in accomplishing goals. In addition, our social work interns foster trainee progress toward unsubsidized employment as a key long-term goal related to a career plan.
Our social work team is supervised by San Jose State Professor, Francis Krebs, LCSW. We are currently working with both Bachelors and Masters level Social Work Students from SJSU, CSUMB and HSU.
In addition to working with trainees one-on one, our 2014/2015 school year interns have defined three focus areas for their special projects:
Housing, Employment and Well-being/Recovery
Finding Flatmates is a project of the Housing Team
Finding Flatmates: Word of Mouth
Many of our trainees are in the process of searching for reliable and affordable housing. The Finding Flatmates Initiative is designed to help our trainees connect with the community in an effort to obtain housing. Safe and affordable housing provides the stability needed to improve all areas of anyone’s life. Housing offers the support needed to maintain employment as well as offers protection from the physical environment and its health hazards.
Trainees at the Homeless Garden Project receive a dependable income, and have proven themselves as reliable and hardworking.
Many of our trainees are interested in a work-trade situation. Such a situation is a strategic way to meet everyone’s needs. All of our trainees have a least a basic foundation in organic gardening. Other skills trainees attain while taking part in the program include problem solving, showing initiative, time management, teamwork, and responsibility.
Are you looking for housing yourself but finding that the prices in Santa Cruz County are too expensive? Grouping with others to find housing is a realistic option to finding affordable and safe housing. Several of our trainees are interested in shared housing, but need your help to find appropriate roommates.
Please take a look at our current list of trainees in need of housing, and give us a call at (831) 426-3609 ext. 12, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think anyone is suited for your needs. Check back often, as we will keep our list updated.
A hot and healthy meal
Every Tuesday through Friday during the growing season, our farm kitchen provides a hot meal for anyone volunteering or working that day.
Volunteering is a great way to learn more about our training program, meet our social workers, experience the sanctuary of the farm, and see your work yield results.