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Powerful Change – Abbey’s Story

Abbeys Story

 

Increasing independence one brush stroke at a time.

 

 

Abbey loves expressing herself through her artwork- something she does regularly through The Farmer’s House Community Integration Program. Abbey first developed her love of art at Parkhill High School. After graduating, she was thrilled to join The Farmer’s House where she could continue to hone her art skills at our new Margaret Nerman Art Studio located within our mARTKet in Westwood, Kansas.

Abbey’s paintings can best be described as gentle with a touch of whimsey. When asked where she gets her inspiration from, Abbey shared “I think of something I really love and just draw it, putting my emotions on the canvas. Creating makes me feel relaxed and happy.” Abbey is quite independent when she paints, says Farmer’s House Art Coordinator Mary Bunker. She has mastered the task of knowing how far to take her paintings before being too much.”

In addition to expressing herself through art, Abbey enjoys socializing with her friends. She also loves exploring the community with her fellow Farmers. What’s next on Abbey’s list? She wants to further her independence in other areas of her life by making more of her own choices and by trying new things – goals The Farmer’s House is happy to help her achieve!

Powerful Change – Paden's Story

Santa for A Day | Experience that will Last a Lifetime

 

Santa for A Day | Experience that will Last a Lifetime

 

 

When Early Work Experience student Paden learned that special guests from Straub Construction were coming to visit our Downtown Weston Market, he knew exactly what to do. He’d dress up as Santa Clause to greet them. In his bright red suit, black boots and white beard Paden was missing just one thing – a bell to ring. With no bell onsite, our staff quickly improvised giving Paden two large metal measuring cups to use. With measuring cups in hand, Paden stood outside our storefront happily greeting our special guests and customers.


It’s no surprise that Paden was full of Christmas spirit. For nearly four weeks, Paden and his fellow Early Work Experience participants curated 100 gift boxes for Straub Construction customer appreciation gifts. Each box was filled with Farmer’s House favorites including Farmer-Made products. 


Paden, and everyone at The Farmer’s House, was thrilled to see how happy Straub team members were with their gift boxes. We’re grateful to Straub Construction for the opportunity. The boxes were put together with care and provided meaningful retail vocational experiences for Paden and his fellow students. A great example of the Power of Community.


Ho, Ho, Ho and Merry Christmas from Paden and the entire Farmer’s House family. Please remember to leave some Farmer-Made cookies out for Santa and, if you don’t have a bell to ring, two measuring cups work just fine!

 

 

Powerful Change – Amanda’s Story

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From Growing a Garden to Gaining Job Skills – One Young Women’s Path to Employment

 

 

Amanda playing tennis

When Amanda was in high school, her path to future employment was uncertain. More than 66% of adults with developmental disabilities are unemployed despite many wanting to work. That’s where The Farmer’s House comes in to play. Amanda was one of the first participants in the organization’s first program – The Seeds of Change Garden. The idea of the program was to bring individuals with developmental disabilities together to plan, plant, cultivate and harvest a garden. From those humble beginnings, a major Early Work Experience Program (EWE) emerged. Throughout high school Amanda attended the EWE once a week throughout the remainder of her high school years.

 

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Amanda graduated with a foundation for employment, but needed help furthering her social skills, gaining confidence and building independence. And our Roots Community Integration Program was just the place for her. Roots is a daily program focused on helping individuals achieve their personal goals to build a quality life. Through Roots Amanda gained opportunities to explore her interests, develop friendships and develop strategies to increase independence. Through participation in Roots, Amanda began exploring vocational interests and soon moved into our next program, Employment Services where she received help and support seeking and securing competitive employment.

 

Today, Amanda is enjoying working at a senior living community near her home. When asked about what she loves most about working she said with a smile, “I love the friends that I have made!” Her smile widened even more when asked what it was like to receive her first paycheck! “It made me so happy!”

 

 

 

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