SEEDS OF HOPE charity launch
Organized by: Steven Holtz
Seeds of Hope
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people. . . (Galatians 6: 9-10)
MY MISSION: To launch a specialty farming operation and mentoring ministry for young men with special needs. The benefits of this ministry would be twofold:
1. Job skills training and career opportunities for disadvantaged, disabled or mildly autistic young men
2. Organically-grown produce provided to food pantries and hunger relief ministries free of charge
The ministry model would include micro-farming operations (dedicated to growing organic produce and gourmet specialty items), community garden plots, and a seasonal fresh-air market. To generate ongoing revenue, Seeds of Hope would offer specific landscaping services (tilling, aerating, weeding, dirt and mulch delivery/ spreading, leaf removal and firewood delivery/stacking) for local residences, churches and businesses, as well.
Seeds of Hope will hire and train young men who might otherwise struggle to secure and maintain employment in traditional entry-level positions. Most retail, warehouse, and general labor jobs and trades take place in hectic, harried and/or harsh workplace environments with co-workers who are often unaware of the special concerns and sensitivities of disabled, autistic, or otherwise vocationally-challenged employees. SOH will strive to create a positive, cooperative work environment with a highly-structured training program and steady-paced weekly work schedule.
By offering vocational training, life skills coaching and faith-based mentoring, Seeds of Hope will provide jobs (and, hopefully, careers) for these young men, as well as opportunities for personal, social and spiritual growth. In addition, these young men will have the added benefit of knowing they are doing meaningful work as their farming labor produces food for the hungry. All Seeds of Hope employees will be encouraged to serve at least 4 times each year at one of the food pantries or hunger relief ministries supplied with SOH micro-farm produce.