Inspiring healthy living, economic opportunity, and community empowerment in Englewood

Employment Training Program

Program Overview

Growing Home is a paid 12-week training program that builds skills for job readiness and success through a comprehensive, engaging and supportive workforce development curriculum. Based in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, Growing Home combines lessons on work readiness, environmental literacy, psychological self-sufficiency, and ongoing post-graduation career success. Additionally, program participants have opportunities to earn professional certifications, access to free legal consultation for record sealing and expungement, and the support of a case manager available to provide referrals for supportive services.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Growing Home is prioritizing health and safety and operating the Job Training Program virtually. This means that all classroom-based aspects of the program are currently facilitated online (via Zoom), but that options for in-person components are re-evaluated regularly in accordance with health and safety protocols.

If you have any questions about the program or the application, you can reach out to the Employment Training Department at 773-434-7144, ext. 3.

Job Description:

Although we are no longer accepting applications for the year, you cans till click here to read the 2021 Job Description. This document includes a detailed overview of all program activities, as well as further information about how we are implementing hybrid programming during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Job Description also includes very important information about program eligibility and the documents required for enrollment.

Online Application:

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 program. We will begin accepting applications for the 2022 program in December 2021. If you would like to be notified by email when the 2022 application is live, please fill out this inquiry form.

Learn More: First-Hand Accounts of the Program

Click here to hear from 2019 program participants about their experiences with the TIP curriculum!

Click here to watch to former program participants talk about their experiences at Growing Home. This video also provides a glimpse into what work on the farm looks like!

Get involved with Growing Home!

Hire One of our graduates

Hire one of our qualified graduates to meet your staffing needs

Sign up for our Volunteer Corps!

Volunteer weekly, monthly or at special events.  We love our volunteers!

Buy our Produce or Purchase a CSA

Buy our local, USDA-certified organic vegetables, herbs and honey.

Email to schedule a tour

Tour our farms with your organization, company or community group

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Donate to Growing Home

Support our essential programs throughout the year

Jobs & Internships

Thank you for your interest in Growing Home!  We have one position open below.  Please read enclosed job description and see the “To Apply” sections for next steps.  Thank you.

Individual Giving Coordinator