530.345.2640 2255 Fair Street
Chico, CA 95928

Bloomin’ Hope Flower Cart

Located on the corner of 4th & Main Street, the Bloomin’ Hope flower cart provides women from both our shelter & transitional housing program a real sense of purpose as well as vocational skills, helping them on their path to self-sufficiency.

Inspired by our Director of Services, Shelly Watson, the Bloomin' Hope flower cart became a reality in April 2013. A generous donation that included the construction of the flower cart by Soroptomist made this dream a reality. Through her position, Watson has been involved in two pair of women’s shelter at the Jesus Center; The Sabbath House and House of Hope.

One of the central efforts of the Bloomin’ Hope is to give people a sense of “purpose”. By providing an opportunity for the guests at the Jesus Center to develop vocational skills, they start on their path to self-sufficiency. Guests become engaged with the flower cart for several reasons, and get a multitude of things from their involvement.

A guest recently described her Bloomin’ Hope experience like this, “You feel good when you create something, when you have something. It gives me an inspiration to do something, and it gives me happy thoughts!”

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Our Story—What Bloomin’ Hope Means to Us

We, the women, who are currently experiencing homelessness and living at the Sabbath House or House of Hope, have created these lovely flowers with care, love, and appreciation. Our stories of homelessness range from domestic violence, abandonment, financial struggles, divorce, etc. These are our stories but our stories do not define us. Bloomin’ Hope was designed to allow us to give back and be a part of our community, to be provided with creative therapy, along with allowing us the opportunity to learn a vocation, and to feel a sense of belonging and purpose.