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 a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. We’re home to people with special needs and host an organic CSA program that trains farmers with intellectual disabilities. This formula connects individuals to larger communities in a natural way. Our goal is to expand on this success, making a bigger impact in this community.


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Farmhouse 2-acre 1860s farmette

Interested in looking out over Homefields from your back porch every morning? Well have we got the place for you! It's a 4-bedroom farmhouse, complete with a large bank barn and multiple outbuildings. Bring your vision but we can tell you that the neighbors can't be beat. The blueprint, details, and many photos are available at the link below.

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Blue skies and groomed greens Annual Fall Classic

We held our 18th consecutive golf tournament on Friday, September 12, and thanks to the great staff at Overlook and a multitude of volunteers, the day was enjoyed by one and all. Thanks golfers, returning and new! Hope to see you in 2015...

 

 

 


Picnic Bench Dining in the Fields, Wrapped

Thanks to all who found your way here and enjoyed a picture-perfect fundraising event. We eluded rain from the night before to stroll through a clovered path, eventually arriving at the Farm, where chefs Steve Gainer and Barb Aukamp faithfully stoked their grills. Checkered tablecloths lined the way past the children’s play area, Indian Summer Jars provided the acoustical backdrop, the Youth League bolstered our numbers of volunteers, and a silent auction ran the gamut from A to Z—Adventure Sports to Zoetropolis Art House. Conversation, plates, and cups overflowed, as does our gratitude in your appreciation of local organic food, farmland, community, and caring. Thanks and see you next time!

Sponsors, menu, and more here.


Insect HotelInsect Hotel Insect Hotels officially named

Announcing the winners of our Insect Hotel Naming Contest! 
1st place is Steve Stamatopolous with Pollination Station
2nd place is Erin Moss with Holiday INN-sect
3rd place is Beverly Schaeffer with Wing and Sting Inn

Congratulations to the winners, and a huge thanks to everyone who participated. The dedication will took place on Saturday, August 9.


Homefields on YouTube

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

Yet it wasn’t until now 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.

 


128LetortRoadSave the Land Drive

You may have heard about developers approaching our neighbor (and township) in attempts to build a housing development on what is now farmland. If they had succeeded, runoff chemicals and winter salt would have jeopardized our organic farm program, one that has provided produce to hundreds of local families and taught work skills to a hundred farmer trainees with barriers to competitive employment. Acres of farmland to our east would be paved over.

We responded quickly, buying time with a downpayment at auction. But we need your help on the mortgage. We need your donation to secure this land. You may not be able to buy an acre, but if you can help us to our goal of $250,000, farmland that’s been farmland for generations will stay that way. Otherwise, it goes back on the auction block.

Your donation will have an immediate and lasting effect in our community and we urge you to act now. Read through our history, ask us a question at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Most importantly, make a donation today through the button below (to donate using a credit card, click "continue" toward the bottom of the PayPal page). Thank you in advance!


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 mental retardation 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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