Jubilee Women’s Center in Seattle, Washington, USA was thrilled to receive a grant from Kitchen Gardeners International this year to support our p-patch garden. For over 30 years, Jubilee has provided long-term community housing and extensive support services to homeless women in a quiet neighborhood setting. While donations of sweets and baked goods often arrive at our door, rarely do fresh vegetables. Originally the p-patch was installed and tended by volunteers to respond to that need. Last year, a resident asked if she could have her own small plot. Five residents now have plots and the garden provides so much more than just vegetables.
For one resident, Dana, the garden provides a chance to have a bit of ownership over a little piece of land. Before Jubilee, Dana worked a professional job and supported herself, owning a small house with a garden. When she could no longer work due to a cancer diagnosis, she lost her savings and her home, bouncing between friends and family while in treatment. For her, having a p-patch plot at Jubilee means doing something small and positive, nourishing herself, and having a stable home.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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