In the St. Joe $50K Challenge Match Campaign, the St. Joseph Mercy Health System will match every gift dollar for dollar through March 8 to begin building a We the People Grower’s Association (WTPGA) Opportunity Center that will create a farm and community space complete with a produce processing and packaging center, a horticulture lab, a culinary arts facility, classroom space and a community center.
In 2019, they hope to secure a property to build hoop houses and a pole barn. This funding will enable them to build the foundation for a healthy, vibrant and equitable initiative that will directly impact local economic development for generations to come.
Founded in 2015 by farmer Melvin Parson, WTPGA is a sustainable farming initiative dedicated to workforce development by creating dignified employment and training for men and women returning home from incarceration.
To donate, visit Patronicity.com/project/st_joes_challenge_match#!/ or mail Parson at 806 Hilyard Robinson Way, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197. Make checks out to We the People Opportunity Center. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit WeThePeopleGrowersAssociation.com.