PROFILES

We get to work with some amazing non-profit organizations.  From time to time we are going to highlight some of those organizations and the amazing work they do.  The best part of our job is raising much needed funds for great organizations like: GROWING VETERANS

 

Growing Veterans offers veterans a place where they can safely reintegrate into their communities while learning and practicing sustainable farming. Vets farm beside their families, fellow veterans, and community volunteers recapturing the need to belong to something larger than themselves something military service afforded them, a loss they often sense as civilians. Basically, Growing Veterans offer vets “dirt therapy” within an informal peer-to-peer mentoring model that we are continually improving.

Our innovative approach to helping our fellow veterans is informal because we have seen through practice and research that many veterans are apprehensive to seek formal “supportive services” because of the stigma often attached to seeking help by the military culture. We are excited to say that 2018 and beyond will see renewed efforts on our part to offer strong connections with veterans throughout the Northwest by offering farm tours, workshops, hands-on fieldwork, and classroom training in farming and peer support mentoring.

FROM THEIR WEBSITE:

Our mission:

To empower military veterans to grow food, community, and each other.

Our vision:

To end the isolation that leads to veteran suicide.

Founding Story:

Growing Veterans was founded by a combat wounded USMC veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Christopher Brown, and a former mental health counselor turned farmer, Christina Wolf. Together, they agreed using the farm as the catalyst for human connection and veteran reintegration could have a powerful impact on the health and well being of not only vets returning home, but the world. They were crazy enough to believe it could happen, and just smart enough to pull it off.

Both remain involved behind the scenes with the organization, using their institutional knowledge and professional expertise to advise Growing Veterans’ leadership and programatic direction. Christopher now works full-time as a PTSD counselor for combat veterans at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, and Christina is in the process of identifying what her next mission will be. We believe it is important to recognize the fact one of them is a veteran, and the other a civilian. Only through the mutual engagement and support between veterans AND civilians, will we see veterans having a complete and holistic transition home into our communities after military service.

Donate to GROWING VETERANS: CLICK HERE

 

 

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Center for Human Services