Friedens Community Ministries is committed to building healthy communities around the topic of food. We work with The Guest House to bring fresh, local produce into our food pantries. Read about the garden in this 88Nine Radio Milwaukee feature story:
“88Nine correspondent, Nate Imig, writes, “A garden near 13th and and Highland Ave. is helping people — some homeless and others transitioning from it — to find purpose and healing…
If you catch up with Crystal James today, she’s all about the community work. Nowadays, she’s helping out at an urban garden, pulling weeds and harvesting snap peas.
But last year, it was a different story.
“I was homeless for a year and a half,” James said. “Everything happened at once.”
“Mental illness, lost my job, daddy died, daughter got involved with the kingpin drug dealers. Four different things transpired in my life that sent me down a spiral.”
A spiral into homelessness, fueled by mental illness. And Crystal will be the first to say, it can happen to anyone. Even her previous job as a counselor didn’t make her immune.
“I have a Master’s in mental health, and working in the mental health field not only broadened my perspective as and outlook as a person, from where I came from, but how I can be help to other people,” James said.
And in the garden, Crystal finds comfort.”
All the food from this community garden goes back to the residents of The Guest House and the Friedens network of food pantries!
Read the full article here.