A New Jersey shelter is helping individuals not just find a home, but experience spiritual growth as well. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Atlantic City Rescue Mission has been taking residents to a local farm so they can experience the tranquility of nature.
"It is different out here," client James Wright told the news source. "It's made me think about things I never thought about before, how things grow and change and mature."
The mission uses the vegetables from the farm to help provide for the 3,000 people it serves each year. The goal is to give their clients a chance to get away from the streets that traumatized them, the newspaper reported.
This may be important considering the high risk homeless have for developing depression. According to an article on depression published in the Health Care of the Homeless journal, the Homeless Survey of 2000 in Hartford, Connecticut, found that 41 percent of homeless individuals who completed the survey reported having symptoms of depression.
Author and philosopher Ilchi Lee believes in spiritual growth to better an individual's health and personal growth.