Another site we had privilege to work at was "Earthworks" urban garden of the Capuchin monks and their soup kitchen. This was a very large garden designed to really produce. We worked hard in several areas of the garden: preparing beds, planting, sifting compost and picking berries. It was a productive morning. For lunch we were able to eat at the soup kitchen with the people the garden will serve. I got a chance to meet a Vet who hasn't slept a full night since Vietnam. His body was obviously hurt from the war and here he was eating in a soup kitchen, yet his smile was warm and his eyes twinkled as he thanked us for our work. He wouldn't let me help him stack chairs, it was what he could do to contribute for his meal.
After our meal we stopped by the Solanus Center and church where we learned about the lives of the monks and their ministry. You can read more about the Capuchin's and their ministry here.