about

Adam Bell completing training at Fishers
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Supportive Employment 
Community

Mission Statement

 Growing Hearts Garden Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation specializing in supportive employment for individuals in our community with special needs.  Through our Project Based Career Training Program we offer many customized learning opportunities.  The learning opportunities Growing Hearts provides include independence, self confidence building, teamwork, customer service, and career training.  Simultaneously, it is our goal to be a leader in community integration by promoting acceptance in the community and focusing on social, interpersonal and occupation skills.  

Mason Churchill has Fragile X syndrone 
Education
Project Based 
Service 
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Special needs

Who We Are

 Growing Hearts Garden Center was founded in 2018, with the dream of creating a space where adults with special needs could live and work in a supportive environment. This dream is inspired by Mason Churchill, who is a young man with Fragile X Syndrome. Mason’s mother, Peggy Churchill, and his home based program director, Chris Evans, brought together their unique talents to form Growing Hearts.  Their vision was to create a future for Mason, and all the special needs adults in our area, that is currently unavailable. Presently Growing Hearts is working on starting the business from the ground up, involving our employees with special needs every step of the way.  

Mason operating a tractor  
Gardening 
Developmental Disabilities 
San Benito County 
Non Profit

Our Contribution

  People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities should be supported to make informed choices about their work and careers and have the resources to seek, obtain, and be successful in community employment.  Growing Hearts offers many different employment opportunities. Using person centered employment models we create powerful training programs for our employees. Each program Growing Hearts offers integrates the employee into their community whilst teaching social, interpersonal, & occupational skills. These training programs use project based learning accomplish employment and personal goals. Throughout each program our employees are provided a job coach or supervising mentor to support the employee until they can complete job duties independently.

Projects

Community Food Bank Small Space Gardening Project (July, 2019)

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small space gardens
gardening
growing hearts

 Small space gardening, fruit trees, and all kinds of edible plants! Our organization is devoted to community based projects that will provide employment for adults with special needs while also giving back. 

Community Garden (Ongoing)

Park Hill
Community Garden
Hollister
non profit

Growing Hearts has an outdoor classroom at the Community Garden in Hollister, located on top of Vista Park Hill. The Community Garden is where we do much of our gardening skill development, growing fruits, vegetables, & flowers. 

4th Street Landscape Project (October, 2019)

education
walnuts
shells
little free library
firepit
roses
succulents

Thank you Meg Groeling and husband Robert for opening your home to us and allowing us to teach, love, and be creative in your new beautiful rose garden. Community can do all things when the right people find the right need and work together.

Rolling Succulent Garden

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Painted by Phil Leonard of Syrarium and potted by Growing Hearts

The Podemos Succulent Gardens at Vista Park Hill

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succulents 
jardines
community
skill development
mentor

Growing Hearts is working with LULAC and the youth in our community to create a succulent garden unrivaled in California. The garden will be built inside of the Vista Park Hill Community Garden and will showcase San Benito County's cultural history.

Hollister Recreation Landscape Project (S)

We will begin the Landscape Project at Hollister Recreation soon. 
Community 
Education Service

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2020

2nd Annual Developmental Disabilities Month Benefit

1 PM

Event Details

March 21, 2020

2nd Annual Developmental Disabilities Month Benefit

 

Join us at Fisher’s March 21st for a Succulent Wreath class. All proceeds will benefit our employment programs. Our employees will be in attendance if you leave any questions for us or them or just want to get to know them. Lunch & a couple drinks are included with every ticket. Help us, help our community members with special needs obtain & retain employment. Under 19% of people with disabilities would employment in California but the number is going up! Let's change the lives of our neighbors with Developmental Disabilities.


Price per Ticket: $100

1 PM

Events

Wine & Wreaths 2018

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Friends, wine, and holiday spirit for Growing Hearts first ever fundraising event. Hosted by Valley Sol

Developmental Disabilities Month Benefit 2019

Developmental Disabillities Month Benefit 2019 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Succulents

Celebrating our community members with Developmental Disabilities

Farmers' Market 2019

Farmers' Market 2019
Gardening 
Non profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Heats 
San Benito County

Fun times down at the Downtown Hollister Farmers' Market

Pop Up Flower Sale 2019

Pop Up Flowers Sale 2019 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Hearts
San Benito Country

Sponsored by Syngenta & Grillin and Chillin Roadhouse

Growing Hearts Walk/Run 2019

Growing Hearts Walk/Run 2019 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister
Hearts 
San Benito County

Running, walking, and a doggone good time at Brigantino Park

Bad Santa Golf Tournament 2019

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Bad Santa Golf Tournament and Toy Drive at Ridgemark golf course 

involvement opportunities

Employment

We have employment opportunities available for individuals with special needs and those interested in becoming job coaches or mentors for those individuals. If you think we would be a good fit for you, Contact Us!

Community Partnerships

Understanding the importance of community, we love to work with local businesses and non-profits. If you enjoy giving back and you'd like to get involved, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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