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Common Ground 2008 2009 Pdf

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  • 1. Wow! What a year! A Program of The Momentum Group
  • 2. We trained a wonderful group of Burmese refugees in basic job skills from the living room of an east Boise home. Then we found…
  • 3. We combined the land and the need to expand our ability to help those who have the least among us in the international community?
  • 4. We provided experiential job training AND created the Common Ground small-farm to function as one of the experiential training ‘labs’ ?
  • 5. We built micro-enterprise bases as an extension of the job-training—the farm being phase 1?
  • 6. We could create a sustainable model that promoted local, organic growing practices while training our international refugee friends to enter and thrive in the U.S. job market?
  • 7.  Sage Land Design  Dusty Acres Stables  Home Depot  Borbonus Landscaping  United Way  BMC West Manufacturing  Albertsons  Bown Tavern Wine Market  Zion’s Bank  Dream Café  Easy Office  Boise Fry Company  Talent Focused Consulting  Edwards Greenhouse  Mayor’s Council  Nancy’s Printing  IOR, Global Gardens  El-Ada Community Action  META  City Housing  IRC, ANA, WR  Morrison Foundation  First Baptist Church  Wells Fargo  College of Western Idaho  Boise State  Lee Rice Family Farms  Peaceful Belly Farm  Western Supply Company  AMI Property Management  Integrity Plumbing  Idaho Power  Morning Owl Farm  The Watercooler
  • 8. Providing And more…
  • 9.  Roosevelt Elementary  St. Joes Elementary  Longfellow Elementary  Riverstone International  Anser Elementary  Bishop Kelly High School
  • 10. We taught  Job-readiness skills  Worked-related English skills  Basic agricultural skills  Restaurant basics  Hospitality industry basics  Cashiering, warehouse basics  Job-site protocols and interview skills
  • 11.  After nearly 18 months of training with multiple groups  60% are gainfully employed  More are on their way to financial independence  And more are waiting for training
  • 12.  50,000 lbs of produce!  10,000 lbs went to the Idaho Food Bank, the refugee community, others in need  The rest went to…
  • 13.  Red Feather/Bittercreek  Life’s Kitchen  Reggie’s Veggies  Bueno Cheapo Vino  The Bargain Basket  Direct Fresh  Victory Garden Customers (30)  And dozens of individuals
  • 14. YOU got involved
  • 15. THANK YOU !!!
  • 16.  The training continues, especially focusing on refugees who are beyond the eight months of government assistance.  We hope to scale our program to help more refugees.  The Common Ground farm will continue as a micro-enterprise base, with hopefully more to come.  Trainees and volunteers continue to grow and thrive.
  • 17. You can  Volunteer  Hire a Common Ground graduate  Buy a 2010 Common Ground Farm Share  Donate  Time  Materials  Funds  Purchase Common Ground produce  Share our story with others www.themomentumgroup.org