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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Growing Hearts holds fundraising events throughout the year. We have everything from workshops, walk/run events, plant sales, dinner events, & more. Check out our schedule of events below!
This year Growing Hearts Garden Center is teaming up with Gerardo Gallo to bring you the 10th Annual Bad Santa Golf Tournament. Did you hear that? 10 years strong!
Entry fee is $100 per player plus an unwrapped gift for a child. Proceeds from the tournament go towards buying more holiday gifts for underprivileged children, Growing Hearts employment programs, and local charitable causes. Join us after the event for food, drinks, games, and prizes!
Toys will be passed out on Christmas Day!
Help us spread joy while having some fun this holiday season.
To register Call Gerardo Gallo at (209) 808-9847
or Chris Evans at (831) 537-7700