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.
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Benefits of the EarthLinks Workshop Program:
Participate in meaningful work that benefits the Earth
Earn a small, consistent stipend that you will receive once a month
Be given the support to cultivate self-confidence within yourself and discover your creativity
Belong and contribute to a community of caring people
Work as a team and practice conflict resolution
Learn organic gardening techniques, including making healthy soil, planting and harvesting
Learn other useful skills like composting, woodworking, and beekeeping
Develop leadership skills and training
Acquire a reference or letter of recommendation for future employment (if appropriate)
Receive case management assistance in navigating housing, benefits, and food access