Hugs knew they wanted to grow, but believed it would be first by cafes in other cities. But now the idea is Hugs can grow by other concepts---hence the Greenhouse! I love this because, every single person has spiritual gifts, abilities that the Lord has uniquely blessed us with! Hugs is exactly captures this by providing a new type of career that can reach those this passion.
Here is Hugs Mission for the Greenhouse from their website:
“The mission of Hugs has always been to create an inviting place of training and employment for adults with special needs while providing dignity, self-worth and developing respect in the community. But why a greenhouse, you ask? We say why not?
We intentionally composed our mission to allow us the ability to pivot as we continually search for additional ways to serve our mission field of adults with special needs. This is just one more chance for us to fulfill that mission.”
The teammates are there through every part of the process---from planting the bulbs into the dirt, growing the flowers and then selling their hard work to the community. I did not get to witness the planting of these flowers, but showing up at the McKinney Farmers Market and having the opportunity to meet up with the teammates, and hear their story was remarkable! I loved getting a chance to talk with the teammates, because they find so much joy and love with their career! These flowers are something special to be planted and loved by these individuals!
It is about to be winter, but I would really recommend taking a trip to McKinney to visit the Greenhouse! Make a day trip to grab lunch at the cafe and then hop on over to the Greenhouse. At both locations, you can beautifully witness the team members hard at work and be able to see how talented they are!
Events coming up:
McKinney Christmas Parade -December 8th: Hugs will have their own float
Fall flowers for sale at the Greenhouse
Holiday Poinsettia Fundraiser - Potted Poinsettia for $15
McKinney Farmer's Market - for the next two weekends
Location for the Greenhouse:
3054 County Rd. 205 McKinney, TX 75071