The Kiwanis Club of Greece recently heard from Jenny Brongo, co-founder of Homesteads for Hope, to learn about the nonprofit community farm that serves as a place to learn, work, live and grow for people of all abilities in Greater Rochester.
H4H was founded in May 2013 by Brongo and her mother, Luann. It promotes skills training, socialization, self-awareness and career exploration on an organically practiced farm. As the demand for self-directed and inclusive community services continues to rise, particularly for young adults, H4H will provide high quality services to people of all abilities.
Its mission is to develop sustainable lifestyles, environments and futures by creating an inclusive community to serve all individuals without distinction. The vision is to develop a three-phase intentional agricultural-style community that offers effortless inclusion with a distinctive place to learn, work, live and grow.
Phase I, the Forever Homestead, involves the renovation of historic barns and an estate home to create a sustainable center for community classes, vocational training and respite services.
Phase II, the farm expansion, will serve more people by creating additional programs and services through the development of a public venue and the creation of microenterprises, including a general store, cafe and marina.
Phase III, the Homesteads Village, will develop a 30-acre residential housing community to offer options that accommodate people of all abilities.
Visit homesteadsforhope.org for information.