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  • PERRIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PALS PROGRAM WITH GARDENS OF HOPE TO FOSTER INDEPENDENCE AND JOB SKILLS FOR TRANSITIONING STUDENTS



    Riverside County, CA – April 24, 2024 --The Pathways for Adult Life Skills (PALS) Program, operated through the Perris Union High School District, proudly announces its partnership with the Gardens of Hope, a picturesque 2.5-acre botanical garden nestled in the heart of Perris. The purpose of the collaboration is to provide gardening workshops that promote independence and job skills for students 18-22 who are transitioning from high school to their next phase of their lives.

    Established in January 2023 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Gardens of Hope provides gardening programs and workshops for individuals with special needs. Located at 26521 Hammack Avenue, the Gardens serves as a haven for personal growth and skill development.

    Dian Martin, Director of Learning Support Services for Perris Union High School District, emphasizes the significance of this partnership, stating “The Gardens of Hope offers invaluable hands-on gardening experience that is known to be effective in teaching essential life skills such as patience, adaptability, time management, perseverance, and much more.”

    Alejandra Garcia, Job Development Specialist for Perris Union High School District, reports that the students from PALS are excited and highly motivated to participate in the gardening activities led by Joe Grumbine, Gardens of Hope CEO. “Joe and his wife Liz have created a captivating 2.5-acre botanical sanctuary that resonates everyone who visits. The workshops at the Gardens of Hope are the students’ favorite activity”, Garcia adds.

    Bringing over 3 decades of expertise in horticulture and gardening education, Grumbine expresses his enthusiasm for collaboration with the PALS program. “The partnership between PALS and Gardens of Hope represents a shared commitment to empowering young adults with the skills and confidence they need to embark on their journey towards independence and self-sufficiency.”