Renovate a space for instruction, handmade product sales, and fresh produce in a food desert while empowering marginalized, at risk refugee and immigrant women with skills training leading to employment as well as broader community revitalization.
2018 Grant Recipient Wave Pool – The Welcome Project – A Beacon of Hope in Camp Washington touches the lives of over 7000 neighbors during the grant period.
This grant has been a true catalyst for our organization. People we talk with have a much higher regard for our organization and are genuinely excited and hopeful for The Welcome Project and Camp Washington as a whole. Neighbors are extremely excited and grateful for The Welcome Market. We have been able to solve many of our neighborhood’s most pressing issues through this grant and it will continue to grow our community as we add more products and programs to the space. It’s been overwhelmingly positive and a beautiful display of community positivity.
On March 14th everything changed…
COVID19 closed themarket very briefly and caused our cooking classes cancelled, pop-up dinners postponed, and people out
of the market. We have been nothing if not resilient through all of this however, and to keep up withescalating food needs in our neighborhood, we quickly expanded our market operations to provide a foodand art delivery service to people in need and at high risk in Camp Washington.
This program “CampDelivery” is perhaps the greatest surprise for us. Not only were we able to deliver over 14,000 lbs ofgroceries to neighbors in need during this time, but we were able to pay 15 artists for art workcontributions at a time when they were out of work to better connect with and support our community.
Moreover, because this program was initiated just 2 weeks after we opened the market, it became theintroduction to many in the neighborhood that we even had a market in Camp Washington, and we havebeen flooded with thank you emails, hand written notes, and social media posts.
We continue to see manyof these neighbors come to the market weekly for groceries, and even though the circumstances were notwhat we would have chosen, we are grateful that we were able to create such a strong purpose and