Developmentally impaired adults develop skills in community service with community gardening

A community garden in Detroit is growing fresh produce for good produce – harvesting the seeds.

“It makes me feel good because I like to do different things,” says Yolanda Goodwin.

The Jewish Vocational Services Training Program runs a community garden called Love Garden in the heart of the Brimmore area of ​​Detroit.

Pepper on plants, as well as tomatoes, peppers and broccoli – all seeds are in a place of opportunity.

“They come here twice a week and grow all the fruits and vegetables we grow,” said Veronica ul Lefford, a Jewish professional.

Gardeners who take care of these crops are also producing flowers, said Ulffford, a work-training specialist.

“They are adults with disabilities over the age of 18,” says Ul Leford. They come to JVS, our skills development program is to help you build skills to get a job

Organizers say that skills learned in gardening will be transferred to employment.

“The garden is a great place for them to acquire skills,” says Ul Leford. Once you are prepared and have developed some of those skills, you will often be included in our support services program where JVS will be employed.

The program also teaches participants the importance of a healthy diet.

“They take everything they collect to their home or we sell it as a gift at JVS – and all the money we collect goes back to their program,” they said.

The ice cream on the Riverwalk allows them to have fun activities like last night, and the garden is paid for.

For more information on JVS Community Services, click here.

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