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<ul><li> 1. Growing HomeSocial Enterprise and Transitional Jobs</li></ul> <p> 2. Growing Homes mission is to operate, promote, anddemonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle forjob training, employment, and community development. 3. Growing Home was founded in 1992 by Les Brown, Director of Policy for theChicago Coalition for the Homeless.He wrote that Homeless people are often without roots. Theyre not tied down, notconnected, not part of their family anymore. Our organic farming program is a wayfor them to connect with nature to plant and nurture roots over a period of time.When you get involved in taking responsibility for caring for something, creating anenvironment that produces growth, then it helps you build self-esteem. 4. Growing Home operates an employment training program through three USDA Certified Organic farm sites. 5. Growing HomesLes Brown Memorial Farm Marseilles, IL 6. Su Casa Market Garden Back of the Yards, Chicago 7. Growing Homes Wood Street Urban Farm - Englewood, Chicago 8. Growing Homes Newest Farm:Wood Street Urban FarmExtension Site 9. Job Training: Growing Homes program targets individualswho have major barriers to employment, including havingbeen previously incarcerated, homeless, and/or having ahistory of substance abuse. 10. Job skills: Program participants gainspecific skill sets in farming,customer service, and horticulture,as well as, job readiness skills likeresume writing, interview etiquette,and other employment skills. 11. Opening of the Farm and Training Center, August 2009 12. "Plants are like people. Or people are like plants. They neednurturing, and help... to become stronger and to stand ontheir own. 2011 Program Participant, Lisa R. 13. Participants are paid for their time inclass and working. Their hours aresplit evenly between time inclassesincluding courses in soils,plant identification, pruning, math atthe marketand time working onthe farms and at the farmersmarket. 14. "Since Ive been [at Growing Home] ...Im more peaceful. Its like Im in atotally different world, Im still inChicago and Illinois, but my mind goeselsewhere because there is somethingabout the soil thats just calming. - 2010 program graduate, Latoya W. 15. Community Outreach 16. Mayor Daley with our community outreach coordinator, Seneca Kern, and program interns 17. Community Open House at the Wood Street Urban Farm, May 2011 18. "I was so ready to be done with the bad parts ofmy life. I wanted it behind me, and I wanted to beclean. Growing Home has helped. Its peacefulhere. And its an indescribable feeling: to get upevery day and make a conscious decision tofocus on the positive.- 2009 program participant, Jasmine E.</p>