Transitions-Mental Health Association (TMHA) has launched a new social enterprise, Growing Grounds Gallery & Gifts in Santa Maria. Another TMHA program, Growing Grounds Farm, has been in Santa Maria since October of 2000.

Grand Opening is happening today from 2-5:30 p.m. at 225 E. Inger Drive, Suite 101B in Santa Maria.

Growing Grounds Gallery & Gifts is a project conceived of by mental health consumers from TMHA’s Recovery Learning Communities (RLCs) in Lompoc and Santa Maria. The gallery and gift store occupies a small retail space in Rancho Hermosa, a mixed-use development in Santa Maria, where the Santa Maria RLC is housed.

The gallery and gift store is run entirely by TMHA client-employees and displays and sells artwork and handcrafted items produced exclusively by members of the Recovery Learning Communities. Items are sold on consignment from the maker on a wholesale basis.

Growing Grounds Gallery & Gifts provides traditional employment opportunities to a small number of staff members who have the opportunity to develop retail experience and a consistent source of income. Members also educate the public about contributions of persons with mental illness by interacting and engaging with community members through the gallery.

Work has long been recognized as beneficial to mental health and is seen as an important element in recovery. Work plays a large part in who we are. The gallery provides a source of empowerment and a means towards self-determination and increased self-esteem so essential to the recovery process.

For handcrafted jewelry, soaps, bath salts, books and fine art, visit our gallery and gift store in Santa Maria.

225 E. Inger Drive, Suite 101B
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Wednesday through Friday, 2:00 – 5:30pm
Saturday, 12:00 – 5:30pm


Transitions-Mental Health Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community and family support services. TMHA operates 30 programs at over 35 locations that reach over 2,000 people and 1,500 families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The emphasis of TMHA’s many services is to teach vital independent living skills, and build a framework for community re-entry through personal empowerment and hands on experience. For over 30 years, TMHA has been dedicated to providing housing, employment, case management and life-skills support to teens and adults with mental illness; and support, resources and education for their loved ones. For more information, visit