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"Grow Hope" Is Changing Lives In The Magic Valley
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Imagine that you have to leave the country you were born in - and you have to start all over in another country where you "don't" speak the language.
In Twin Falls, "grow hope" is an employment training program for refugees.
“We're happy to work with other people, but our program is English language-based. We do experiential employment activities to try and simulate a real work environment, in hopes that they're able to get jobs in the real world” said Lindsay Kevan, Executive Director Grow Hope.
That includes learning housekeeping, laundry, and janitorial skills, as well as agriculture in the "grow hope" garden.
Students learn new job skills and English at the same time.
“Because we're in Southern Idaho, we have a lot of agriculture in the area, and we're trying to give them some competitive skills so they can have an opportunity to work on farms or dairies in the local area” said Lindsay Kevan, Executive Director Grow Hope.
Kevan says that "grow hope's" goal is to empower these refugees so they can take care of themselves in the future.
She says they'll be selling the produce raised in this garden at a farm stand on the corner of pole line road and Grandview Drive North this summer.
“Ways that you can support Grow Hope is by purchasing produce from our farm stand. And also if you're interested in volunteering, we love to have volunteers. It's an opportunity to interact with the refugee community, in an environment that's hopefully safe and comfortable, if you're somebody who has a green thumb and enjoys being outside” said Lindsay Kevan, Executive Director Grow Hope.