Families with children are the fastest-growing sector of the homeless population. Loss of one's home, the conditions of shelter life, and the physical and sexual abuse that often precipitates homelessness result in psychological trauma and a diminished sense of self-efficacy and self-worth. This article describes the effects of participation in gardening activities led by Extension Master Gardeners on homeless women with children. Results show Master Gardeners can play an important role in helping homeless families mitigate the psychological trauma associated with homelessness and help homeless individuals develop a restored sense of dignity.
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Seals, L. M., & Pierce, C. A. (2007). Extension Master Gardeners: Helping the Homeless to Heal. The Journal of Extension, 45(3), Article 21. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol45/iss3/21