Thanksgiving House

SEED San Diego

Teach. Inspire. Sustain.

The SEED project is an undertaking by Thanksgiving House. Its main focus is dedicated to teaching business students how to use project management tools, inspiring students through community service, and promoting the use of sustainable building materials and design. Offered as a Project Management course through the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration, the cornerstone of SEED is an annual project where students are tasked with the job of managing a building project incorporating sustainable materials and design principles. The project can be either the remodel of a home for someone in need or the revitalization of a public space.

In Fall 2009, we remodeled the home of triathlete Skip Gleavey, who is paralyzed as a result of injuries sustained during a devastating bicycling accident. Learn more about Skip’s story, the origins of Thanksgiving House and SEED project, and how you can help with a donation or in-kind contribution of building materials by perusing this website.

Core Values

The origins of Thanksgiving House began in 1997. That year, Dr. Barbara Withers’ graduate and undergraduate Project Management students at the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration began an annual commitment to improve the living conditions of residents of San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood through the Thanksgiving House SEED project.

The cornerstone of SEED is to have students learn the tools and techniques for managing projects by applying these skills to a real-world project, the renovation of the house of a deserving person or revitalization of a public space. Students in the course are responsible for planning and implementing the work. Students must complete the construction-related work over the course of two consecutive weekends and must find all of the resources themselves. Besides learning valuable project management skills while helping someone in need, students also learn the value and role of social responsibility.

In 2009, the Thanksgiving House was rebranded as SEED, and in 2011 it was changed back to Thanksgiving House. The SEED project is still dedicated to the core value of improving the quality of life of others and has taken the University of San Diego’s commitment to social responsibility two steps further. First, Thanksgiving House projects incorporate sustainable materials and design principles into each project as much as possible. And second, Thanksgiving House projects strive to revitalize our neighbors’ lives by creating environmentally conscious private residential and public spaces.