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 
Awaremess 
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.

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Our Team

Chris Evans

Peggy Churchill

Peggy Churchill

Chris Evans 
Hollister 
Service 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hearts 
Gardening 
Education 
San Benito

Executive Director

Peggy Churchill

Peggy Churchill

Peggy Churchill

Peggy Churchill 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Education 
Service 
Hearts 
San Benito

CoFounder

Mason Churchill

Peggy Churchill

Mason Churchill

Mason Churchill 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Education 
Special Needs Adult

Yard Maintenance Tech

Adam Bell

Robb Rodriguez

Robb Rodriguez

Adam Bell 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Education 
Special Need adult 
San Benito

Media Specialist

Robb Rodriguez

Robb Rodriguez

Robb Rodriguez

Robb Rodriguez 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Hollister 
Education 
Service 
San Benito

Job Coach

Joseph Francis

Robb Rodriguez

Joseph Francis

Joseph Francis 
Gardening 
Non profit 
Hollister 
Education 
Special Needs Adult 
San Benito

Landscape Technician

Board Members

Mike Fisher

Brenda Smithee

Brenda Smithee

Mike Fisher 
Gardening 
Non profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Hearts 
Flowers 
San Benito 
Succulents

Brenda Smithee

Brenda Smithee

Brenda Smithee

Brenda Smithee 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Education 
Hearts 
San Benito

Erica Salcedo

Brenda Smithee

Erica Salcedo

Erica Salcedo 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Succulents 
Hearts
Flowers 
San Benito

Stephen Gaitan

Stephen Gaitan

Stephen Gaitan

Stephen Gaitan 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Education 
Hearts 
San Benito County

Susan Fixen

Stephen Gaitan

Stephen Gaitan

Susan Fixen 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Service 
Hearts 
San Benito County

Lisa Patterson

Stephen Gaitan

Lisa Patterson

Lisa Patterson 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Service 
Hearts 
San Benito County

Nic Calder

Shawna Mckenzie

Susan Postigo

Nic Calder 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Hollister 
Community 
Service 
Hearts 
San Benito County

Susan Postigo

Shawna Mckenzie

Susan Postigo

Susan Postigo 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Service 
Hearts 
San Benito County

Shawna Mckenzie

Shawna Mckenzie

Shawna Mckenzie

Shawna Mckenzie 
Gardening 
Non Profit 
Community 
Hollister 
Service 
Hearts 
San Benito County

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!