Our Team Members come to us through local high school Transition Programs or similar types of work programs, as well as independently. Most team members have job coaches such as teachers, peers or parents/family members. As school program students graduate, some remain at We Grow Dreams and have even gone on to become staff at the greenhouse. Many others move on to other jobs within our communities.
Due to Covid-19, the school programs have not been at the greenhouse since March 2020. We are hoping that by Fall 2021, programs will be back in session and more smiling faces will be joining us weekly at the greenhouse.
Originally from West Chicago High School Transition, Laz is now an employee who is willing to move things, fill pots, haul soil and even weed!
Long time team member turned employee who drives a mean lawn mower and is willing to do anything that needs to be done!
One of the original team members, Eric has been coming to the greenhouse for 15 years! He is our resident specialist in concrete mixing, pot making and paper crafts!
Andrew has been with We Grow for many years and is our ‘clean and scrub’ guy. His favorite name for everyone is “Trouble” and has an infectious laugh. Ask him about hockey — he loves the sport!
Nate is a former team member who has come out of ‘retirement’ to join the crew preparing for spring. We are grateful for his willingness to join us again!
Matty is one of our newest team members and is learning quickly about what it takes to prep a greenhouse for spring. Filling pots and moving them for planting is hard work that takes a lot of time and manpower. We are glad he is here!
Billy has been here from the start when he was just a teenager! His big smiles and generous hugs are always welcome. Billy has grown so much in his abilities since he first starting coming with his mom.
Ryan started with We Grow Dreams through the Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 Transition program. He is high energy and is always willing to put his head down and get the job done!