The EarthLinks Workshop is a social-enterprise program where participants who are homeless and low-income do organic gardening and create Earth-friendly products, and are paid an hourly stipend for their work. Participants work weekly in our Peace Garden and craft workshop, and set and work toward achieving personal goals, such as acquiring housing, staying in recovery, pursuing education, or working on personal relationships. In 2018, 73 individuals participated in the Workshop Program, earning a modest monthly stipend to help pay for housing, groceries, transportation, medical care, or other personal needs.
We all need to be connected to one another and to the Earth Community in order to be whole. The interface with nature and the creative process is centering and healing, offering inner peace and balance, which benefit us all. For members of our community working toward improved mental health and wholeness in their lives, the feeling of belonging and acceptance brings encouragement on the road to recovery. Participants grow food and flowers, do beekeeping, maintain our worm farm, and create Earth-friendly products, including soap and lotion bars, cards, vases, gourd jewelry, mason bee boxes, and more. The community formed at EarthLinks, which includes the natural world, supports us all on our journey.