Not only does Housing Hope offer affordable housing opportunities, but they also offer tailored services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment services. Last year, the District teamed up with Housing Hope to educate residents with the lowest incomes and the greatest need for the benefits of gardening and nutritious food. Through an urban agriculture grant and our internal Lawns to Lettuce program, SCD was able to provide a growing season of education and assistance. These skills not only benefited Housing Hope clients that growing season, by saving them money and providing nutritious produce, but it will also benefit them far into the future. These gardens create space and beauty that all of the Housing Hope residents can enjoy.
The WDVA has partnered with SCD to host a series of Veterans on staff through its Conservation Corps program. The VCC provides opportunities for Veterans to connect with nature in their own way while restoring Washington’s natural resources. This partnership has allowed SCD to not only give back to our communities through Low Impact Development projects, which help with water quality and quantity issues, but it also allows the District to give back to Veterans offering professional and personal development and growth.
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Scott’s experience and expertise in both stream restoration and nursery management have been invaluable resources for us. By generously allowing shared use of the County’s Native Plant Nursery, we’ve had the opportunity to sponsor our own conservation crew and to grow native plants for our own restoration projects. Both of these changes have increased our capacity to implement on-the-ground conservation projects, and neither would have been possible without Scott’s advocacy and help.