Gaining meaningful employment

Steve started as a volunteer and was able to gain employment learning new skills in a Kingsville Community Garden that is supported by United Way donors. This has given him the independence he has wanted all his life.

Steve was introduced to the community garden through Community Living as a volunteer. But he loved the work so much he applied for a full time position making garden beds and grow racks, and delivering them to community garden installations throughout Essex County, along with other Nutrition program staff.

When Steve was young he was in institutional care and did not learn the skills he needed to live on his own. When he came to the Access Nutrition program, he was living in a Group Home, but was finding it difficult to find work. Since gaining full time employment, he has moved out and has his own place in Essex, where he lives with his wife. He is working on learning to read so he can get a driver’s license next.

“This is the perfect job for me,” says Steve. “I have more freedom to do what I want.”

We believe accessing affordable, nutritious food shouldn’t be out of reach for low income families. Thanks to donors like you, over 2,500 people have built community connections, and learned new skills to grow and cook and eat the fresh produce grown in the Community Garden last year.



Last Updated July 12, 2018

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