We’re home to those with special needs and
the longest-running CSA farm in the county.
Homefields is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to creating new life options for people who have disabilities. A modern ranch and 1800s farmhouse are the homes, and a 23-acre farm is the stage. Hundreds of people who have a disability or other barrier to traditional employment have engaged at our Farm, growing organically-minded produce for community shareholders. Six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities call us “Home”.
Our first residents moved here over 20 years ago, and the companies we partner with have been here since the beginning. Annual fundraisers attract loyal attendees. Homefields’ roots are wide and deep.
—Our History: A Synopsis—
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.
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.
In 1994, five families who love an adult member with special needs, incorporated, pooled their finances, and purchased an eight-acre horse-boarding farm in Millersville, PA. 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.
Residents continue to live as independently as possible at Homefields, which has now expanded to 23 acres. 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, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BH/DS) of Lancaster County, and Homefields' Board of Directors. New families have come our way seeking a home for their cherished son or daughter. Hundreds of people who have a disability or other barrier to traditional employment have engaged at our Farm, growing chemical-free produce for community shareholders. Six adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities call us “Home”.
To provide vocational opportunities that are integrated, therapeutic, and where individuals with or without a disability grow together; to cultivate volunteerism within our community.
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.
Homefields is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization
EIN: 23-2744180 PA BOC: 26729