When people understand that they can learn and grow, they are able to move forward towards self-sufficiency. This is what Riverview Gardens, a non-profit organization operating on a repurposed executive golf club in Appleton, Wisconsin, has come to realize over time. The NGO strives to train transferable work skills for hundreds of people every year, while engaging the entire community in addressing the root causes of problems, such as unemployment, poverty, and homelessness through hard work and creativity. In doing so, it also hopes to change the community’s perception of people in need.
With 74% of graduated remaining employed three years after graduation (and around 250 people served each year), the program has proved a success.