It is that time of year again! Colorado leaves are changing into golden hues, crunching underfoot and the days are finally cooling enough for boots and sweaters. My favorite time of year, this year my family is doing something different for our Pumpkin picking.
I heard about a new place called Harvest Farms.. Proceeds from the festival directly support the New Life Program at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 209-acre rehabilitation program in Wellington, CO. The Farm accommodates up to 72 men recovering from chronic homelessness and addiction and helps return them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.
I spoke with the Stacy Parker (PR Coordinator) of the Denver Rescue Mission with a few questions about the Farm:
* How are the men chosen to be part of this program? We have chaplains and case managers at Harvest Farm who go through an intensive process selecting the men. Currently, we have 72 men in the program and they come from all over -- the prison system, homeless shelters, other rehab facilities, etc. They have to be serious and committed to the program in order to join. We also conduct regular Urinary Analysis and Blood Alcohol tests to ensure our participants are committed to staying sober.
* How long do they stay on the farm? Is it a year long commitment? Just during planting season? Do they live there during that time? Our rehab program is an up to 2 year life change. It’s not just a quick fix for past life mistakes or drug addictions or homelessness, it takes time to get to the core issues before change can happen. During their time at Harvest Farm, we look at developing the whole person through education, Christian counseling, case management and work therapy, which involves working on our farm.
* What is the success rate of the program? We celebrate graduations from our program on a continual basis. The goal at the end of the program is for each individual to be addiction-free and have the tools necessary to achieve lifelong self-sufficiency.
* Are there minimum and maximum ages for this? Men must be at least 18 years of age.
So, What does the Harvest Farm festival have at it?
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(Disclaimer: All opinions are my own)