Moreover, an extensive volunteer program fostered interactions between trainees and people who are housed, including frequent group visits from school children, adults with developmental disabilities, senior citizens, and college student interns.

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One goal of our community education and volunteer programs is to create the Inclusion in our vision statement: We envision a thriving and inclusive community, workforce and local food system.

A recent study performed by UCSC researchers, Heather E. Truong, and Lina Chhun was published in the Journal of Poverty. We’re so grateful for our partnership with researchers at UCSC for all they teach us.

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Another relationship, also full of challenge, life lessons and heartbreak helped me make my new start. During this relationship, I was in and out of incarceration like a revolving door.

My brother was the only successful one in our family with a business of his own, though he too struggled with addictions.

When I was 24 years old, I realized that I needed to get out of this relationship before he killed me.

It took me a year; I had to plan my escape to save my life.

Looking back now, I think of myself as successful also, through this journey I am on. I was finally free from the legal system and on my way to building a positive future.

My name came up on the housing list and I was excited to see what it would be like to live a normal life.

I feel like Maya Angelou said it best when she said, “People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” I have met so many wonderful and amazing people in the short time I’ve been here. It’s taken a long time for me to come to terms with my past. Many of you come and you hear our testimonies—how through the garden it is possible for us to develop solid connections from the wonderful and understanding staff to all the new interns, fractal after fractal, from the plants, to the flowers, to the people and the soil we are all connected. Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scott & Julie Starling Joan Cummings Dwayne & Linda Downing Matt & Peg Guerrieri Peter & Jeanette Katzlberger Sangha Shantivanam Joan Osborne John & Jerri Walton John Allured Mary Edmund Bonnie Keet Elizabeth Burton Covenant Presbyterian Church Charlie Hong Kong Ralph Alpert Beahm Design (Brain Beahm) Dawn Coppin Freedom Lions Club Barbara & Stephen Jackel Tom Lehrer Brian O’Toole Sigma Alpha Chapter Omega Nu George Ow Patagonia Outlet (Jenny Garcia) Henry & Wilma Plummer Eta Somekh Family Foundation Leigh Anne Starling Walker Survivor Fund Vera & Elliot Aronson Robin & James Boyle Bonnie Brunet Matt Reimert Joan Springhetti Woutje Swets Brett Fredericks Matthew Farrell Stephanie Pache Rowland & Pat Rebele Peter & Patricia Biocini Carolyn Dille & Dick Walvis Mark Fernquest Santa Cruz Rotary Foundation Frank & Susan Ganzhorn Becky & Jim Lang Jim Howes William L. Lakeside Organic Gardens (Joanne Val Leoffler & Doug Hellinger) Analicia Lesnowicz Ellen Martin Michael & Carmela Mc Donald Sheila Moser Nordic Naturals Aura Oslapas & Bob Arko Perforce Foundation Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos Grace Sanchez & Bush Thomas Santa Cruz Community Credit Union Santa Cruz County Bank Claudio Schnier Max Turri & Eabry Kim Alice Waters Dan Blunk Richard Coffey Nathaniel Deutsch Josephine Fleming Robert Goff & Eleanor Littman David Kiferbaum Sebastian Little Janis O’Driscoll Carol & Tom Smith William L & Carol Wass County of Santa Cruz Daniel Mountjoy Margaret Collins Joan Ganzhorn Meris Walton Karen Lambert Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of Santa Cruz Bel Air Presbyterian Church Marilyn Robertson Judy Ziegler Elizabeth Clifton Henry Martin Amelia Coplan Natures Alley Anonymous Bonnie & Fred Rosen Dara Herrick Suzanne Mac Lean Grace Voss Joshua Drews Jesse D & Rendler Bregman Jerry & Sylvia Deck Julie Edwards Denise Holbert Chris Hogeland Eva Strnad & Sherman Doug Bank of America United Way United Way of Santa Cruz County Sun Opta/Tradin Organics Jonathan & Susan Wittwer James Brown Eventbrite Nancy Graham Laura & Keith Howard Johnny’s Selected Seeds Christopher Jones Lesley Lathrop Gail Michaelis-Ow & George Ow Jr.