“Wherever I go in the next five, ten, twenty years, it’s always going to come back to this. To Growing Home. Because there’s something that you all saw in me, and your hearts went out to me. People like me deserve a second chance and Growing Home gave me that second chance.”Program Graduate

 

“I learned to be a working man, and it has changed the whole way I look at life.” Lavert, Program Graduate

 

“I know I can deliver a powerful message.
And Growing Home is part of that message.”

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2016 Job Training Program Statistics

52
Individuals Were Enrolled

Our enrollees are motivated to work hard and build healthy lives, but face multiple barriers to employment.

82
Completed the Program

Our Production Assistants benefit from fieldwork, hard skills training, and personalized case management services to prepare them for the workforce.

95
of Graduates Earned Jobs

Our graduates find jobs along Chicago’s food chain, gaining positions with urban growing facilities, wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants.

97
of Graduates retained their job for at least 30 days

Our staff prepares graduates to find and keep quality jobs by simulating a real job experience during training, and troubleshooting job-related issues as they arise.

40
Graduates Completed a Supportive Service Goal

Our Case Manager provides Production Assistants with referrals for services including assistance with housing, childcare, healthcare, and GED preparation.

15
Individuals Sealed or Expunged Their Criminal Records

Our partnership with Cabrini Green Legal Aid helps our Production Assistants overcome what is most often the largest barrier to employment.

We have worked with Growing Home since 2013 to hire team members for our growing and food production teams. Growing Home graduates are professional, motivated, and wonderful. The world would be a better place if there was a Growing Home in every community!

Megan Klein, President of FarmedHere

Our Employer Partners

After completing our 14-week program, our Production Assistants begin careers all along Chicago’s food chain. With hands-on training in urban agriculture, they are prepared for positions at urban farms and growing facilities, at local food hubs and wholesalers, with grocers, and at high-end restaurants. We collaborate with local, food-focused businesses to help Production Assistants find jobs so they can support themselves and their families.

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