“No one needs or deserves the empowering advantage of a real job more than adults in recovery with mental illness. And no one is denied the basic opportunity more routinely than adults in recovery from mental illness.” –Paul Barry
Turning Point Foundation is helping provide vocational skills for those struggling with mental illness with the Growing Works Project.
Growing Works is a proposal, run by Turning Point Foundation, to assist people with mental illness on a path to wellness with job-training, employment and horticultural therapy at a non-profit plan nursery.
Using a combination of horticultural therapy and vocational training, Growing Works will provide employment and a supportive environment for personal growth. Employees will work in a supervised setting that rewards responsibility and initiative, and strengthens their social skills among peers. Working outdoors will significantly contribute to recovery from mental illness and support physical health too.
Growing Works will grow and sell high quality, drought tolerant plants including California native, Mediterranean perennials, and succulents. Plant sales, job training services, and financial contributions will help to sustain the operation.
Located in Camarillo
The proposed site of the nursery is on Lewis Road in Camarillo. The County-owned property has several acres of vacant land and a building with office and classroom space. It is also adjacent to housing for people with mental illness and near Channel Islands University.