Inspiring healthy living, economic opportunity, and community empowerment in Englewood

Job Training Program

Program Overview

Growing Home is a paid 12-week training program that builds skills for job readiness and success through a comprehensive, engaging and supportive workforce development curriculum. Based in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Growing Home combines lessons on work readiness, environmental literacy, psychological self-sufficiency, and ongoing post-graduation career success. Additionally, program participants have opportunities to earn professional certifications, access to free legal consultation for record sealing and expungement, and the support of a case manager available to provide referrals for supportive services.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Growing Home is prioritizing health and safety and operating the Job Training Program virtually. This means that all classroom-based aspects of the program are currently facilitated online (via Zoom), but that options for in-person components are re-evaluated regularly in accordance with health and safety protocols.

If you have any questions about the program or the application, you can reach out to the Employment Training Department at 773-434-7144, ext. 3.

Job Description:

Please click here to read the 2021 Job Description. This document includes a detailed overview of all program activities, as well as further information about how we are implementing remote programming during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Job Description also includes very important information about program eligibility and the documents required for enrollment.

Apply Now: Online Application

Applications for Cohort 1 of 2021 are now closed. Please check back in late February to complete an application for Cohort 2. If you would like to be contacted when applications for Cohort 2 become available, please fill out this inquiry form.

Learn More: First-Hand Accounts of the Program

Click here to hear from 2019 program participants about their experiences with the TIP curriculum!

Click here to watch to former program participants talk about their experiences at Growing Home. This video also provides a glimpse into what work on the farm looks like!

Volunteer

As a volunteer at Growing Home, you have an opportunity to help with events, lend a hand on the farm, and assist with administrative projects.

Volunteering occurs during the farming and training season, March through November, weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Please email volunteer@growinghomeinc.org for a list of scheduled volunteer days, to sign-up, to inquire about recurring volunteer positions, and to inquire about group volunteer opportunities.

Hire Our Graduates

Hire one of our qualified graduates to meet your staffing needs. Our job seekers are pre-screened for each employer’s qualifications and are ready to work. We also offer ongoing support to both the graduate and employer throughout the life of their employment. To learn more about becoming an employer partner, download the PDF below.

Growing Home adds immense value to our Chicago community. They work with a population that needs support and gives them the skills and training they need to become an asset to organizations like my own.

Dave Rand, COO & Co-Founder, Local Foods

Jobs & Internships

Thank you for your interest in Growing Home!  We have multiple open roles with descriptions below.  To apply, please follow the guidelines in the individual descriptions under “How to Apply”. Our Farm positions have been filled; applications for the following roles are still being accepted.

Executive Support and Administrative Assistant

Individual Giving Coordinator

Other Opportunities

BUY PRODUCE
Buy our local, USDA- certified organic vegetables, herbs, and honey.

LEARNING GARDEN
Our learning garden is open to youth groups of all ages for an interactive learning experience.

TOURS
Take an informational tour of our farms, available Monday- Friday 8am-3pm.