Riverview Gardens’ mission is to provide job training to transform our community. We believe in the dignity of hard work and allowing people to be part of their own solution. Riverview Gardens is the collaborative transformation of a 72-acre golf course into a transferable skill-based job-training program. Five different social enterprises provide unlimited work and source of revenue for the mission. This project engages the entire community in addressing the root causes of unemployment, poverty and homelessness through hard work, creativity and human dignity.
Riverview Gardens is unique among organizations serving people with barriers to stable employment. Addressing the basic needs and self-sufficiency of our marginalized community members is not only the right thing to do, but it enhances the vibrancy and accessibility of our community. There is dignity in work. It helps people stabilize, gain self-confidence and get them back on their feet. Finding and retaining employment may be the most important factor in reducing recidivism for previously incarcerated persons. We provide valuable transferable work skills in a trauma-informed, no fail setting that allows participants to work on building healthy workplace relationships.