Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services


The Homeless Garden Project is a non-profit organization, which has been active for 28 years in Santa Cruz. The community served are those experiencing unstable housing. This varies from couch surfing, staying in shelters, sleeping outside, and staying in tents. Seeking employment is a difficult process especially if you are homeless. The project purpose was to increase the number of participants at the agency through an outreach event. This project was conducted at Watsonville Homeless Connect. The goal was to sign at least 15 people for the orientation. Transportation was defined as a major barrier for participation. Based on findings from this study, HGP should buy single bus ride passes. A potential next step the Homeless Garden Project might take is to conduct outreach at community meetings. Watsonville is a community that is not similar with the organization.