March 2010

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March 22, 2010

Church Helps Bring Healthy Food and Education to Affordable Housing Kids

Children at Dahlia Court Apartments in Carpinteria enjoy 'the fruits of the labor' of the new garden plot recently installed by volunteers of All-Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church of Montecito. Shown are students in Peoples' Self-Help Housing's after-school education program Marisa Ramirez, Karen Marcos, Andonit Martinez, and Alejandro Cisneros with PSHH Educator Brittany Hadidian.

The new garden plots have been planted with vegetables such as tomatoes, chard, cabbage, kale, and artichokes. The children plants, tend, and harvest the garden and learn about seeds, the growing cycle, soil, healthy eating, and food preparation. After harvesting, the children wash and bag the vegetables and distribute to families at the affordable housing complex.

The mission of Peoples' Self-Help Housing is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast. The mission of Peoples’ Youth Education Enhancement Program is to use after school programs as a means to close the achievement gap by providing low income youth with positive opportunities to develop skills, competency, and efficacy in an environment that values young people and their opinion and the love of learning.

Founded in 1970, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community services for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families. With 125 employees, over 1,150 homes completed, and 1,250 plus- rental units owned and managed by The Duncan Group, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has become the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. For more information contact the Santa Barbara office at 962-5152 or the San Luis Obispo office at 781-3088, or visit www.pshhc.org.