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Common Ground 2008 2009 Pdf

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Common Ground 2008 2009 Pdf

  1. 1. Wow! What a year! A Program of The Momentum Group
  2. 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. 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. 4. We provided experiential job training AND created the Common Ground small-farm to function as one of the experiential training ‘labs’ ?
  5. 5. We built micro-enterprise bases as an extension of the job-training—the farm being phase 1?
  6. 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. 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. 8. Providing And more…
  9. 9.  Roosevelt Elementary  St. Joes Elementary  Longfellow Elementary  Riverstone International  Anser Elementary  Bishop Kelly High School
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. YOU got involved
  15. 15. THANK YOU !!!
  16. 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. 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

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