Homefields Incorporated

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Residential Mission:

To create financially secure, long-term homes in safe, family-like settings where there is respect for the individual in a holistic sense, and fun and creativity are revered as basic human needs.

Vocational Mission:

To provide agricultural facilities for individuals who prosper with supported employment; to nurture integration through community interaction; and to cultivate a spirit of volunteerism within our community.

Homefields is a nonprofit organization, 501(c)3

EIN: 23-2744180

 

Our Spread

Homefields is an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1993 to create homes for adults with special needs, and is the owner of a 28-acre organic farm in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Homefields is dedicated to creating new life options for people who have disabilities. The volunteer board raises funds to support both a vocational and residential program on the farm property.


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Blockbuster weekend! Teeing off

Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 

Our 21st tournament was definitely one of the best, whichever way you slice it. A full roster of golfers, more than a score of sponsors, and unbeatable weather combined to propel Homefields into the winter months, knowing that we are supported by a whole community.

Picnickers

Picnic in the Fields
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Take a perfect end-of-summer day. Add outdoor dining, a live band, a cold beverage, a grilled feast, a friend or 10, and you're starting to understand why this event gets bigger every year! Shout outs to all who came and enjoyed the day, our volunteer support, and the sponsors who combined to buoy our spirits.


Author/illustrator Katrina Morse

Talk in the Field

Author and illustrator Katrina Morse visited on June 24 and read “At Home with Books” and “It Began with a Song” for our most recent Talk in the Field.

See more about her at katrinamorse.com.


Smiling man leaning against orange ladder at a worksite.

Hello neighbor!

Andy Young is the women’s track coach at Millersville University, and the proud owner of the farmhouse property next door. Homefields acquired this house, barn and contiguous 14 acres east of our original property through a public auction. Andy has embarked on a complete remodeling of his circa 1860 farmhouse, returning many of the original details including the much larger windows. “The whole point of that is to have a better view of Homefields’ garden plots”, was Andy’s reasoning. We Homefields neighbors couldn’t imagine a better purpose.


Homefields on YouTube

It’s been over two decades since we bought the horse farm that started this all (really?!?) but here we are, expanding and evolving into local and virtual communities.

Yet it wasn’t until recently that Tom Strauss, one of our founding fathers, created a video that distills our 20-year history into under 5 minutes. Check it out.

Click on the “Watch YouTube.com” logo at near bottom right to see in a larger screen.

 

 


Distinguished Civic Leadership AwardCivic Leadership Award

Homefields has received the 2013 Walker Center’s Distinguished Civic Leadership Award from Millersville University, recognizing “individuals or organizations that make noteworthy civic and community contributions of local, regional, national or international impact and who have been a catalyst for encouraging civic engagement on the part of others.”

The reception dinner was Thursday, April 11, following a keynote by Andrew Slack, Founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance.

 


Homefields: 20 Years By the NumbersHomefields: 20 Years Later

How do you measure results? Can a picture really tell a thousand words? Click on the thumbnail to see what 20 years of community involvement, volunteer dedication, collaboration with other organizations, donations, and careful planning can achieve.

 


Conception

Advocates

In 1991, a group of parents and invited professionals came together to discuss the state of affairs for their children, and the plight of Lancaster County adults with intellectual developmental disorders and other disabilities. Existing programs were at capacity with long waiting lists. Our group, determined to build a step where none existed, imagined a more flexible environment where adults with mental retardation and other special needs, families, and the community, would partner together to create new opportunities.

 

 

The Dream

Blueprint

We wrote a mission statement expressing a desire for a financially secure, long-term home in a safe, family-like setting where there is respect for the individual in a holistic sense, and where fun and creativity are revered as basic human needs. The home would be situated on land that supported a small farming operation with year-round projects. This environment, with many on-going activities, would stimulate residents and offer them new options. Then we took that dream and made it come true.

 

Realization

Advocates

Five families who love an adult member with special needs incorporated, pooled their finances, and purchased an eight-acre farm in Millersville, PA in the summer of 1994. Homefields’ philosophy is a nurturing, self-sufficient one, so the people who eventually moved to Homefields, with the help of their families, were instrumental in renovating and personalizing their own home. Everyone rolled up their sleeves to remodel a ranch house, restore a stone house, disassemble and move a fence, paint a barn, clean up the grounds, and plant even more flowers.

Three years after the first meeting, three adults who require assisted living moved into the stone house. Soon after, the ranch house was completed and three other residents moved into that home.

The Present

Ted hspace=The residents continue to live as independently as possible at Homefields. They are supported by the professional staff of Community Services Group, are loved by their families, and are protected through the watchfulness of family members, advocates, the Lancaster County Office of Mental Health/Mental Retardation, and Homefields' Board of Directors. New families have come our way seeking a home for their cherished son or daughter.

The Goodwill at Homefields vocational farm program has taught work skills to over 200 farmer trainees. Hundreds of families have been nourished by the farm’s organic produce, grown by adults with disabilities and other barriers to independence.

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