People with disabilities in Douglas County cannot afford to pay market-rate rent with their limited and fixed income. There are very few affordable housing vouchers available, and none of them would offer the opportunity to live in a setting besides an apartment building. Without transportation, visiting friends or finding work in the agricultural field would be extremely difficult. Many people with disabilities who have lived in a single family home in a rural community their entire lives may not desire to completely change their lifestyle.
In addition to creating more affordable housing and employment opportunities, Rooster Ranch would offer those who live in Douglas County better access therapists, employment, recreation, and respite options which are difficult to attain in our community.
For those with more severe sensory sensitivities, difficulty verbally communicating, are increased anxiety in unfamiliar environments, having a self-determined structure and expected spaces where neighbors and friends know you well enough to support you when needed would be life changing. To have the freedom to choose from a variety of jobs and recreational activities, without dependence on others for transportation or obligation to attend, would increase independence and self-advocacy.
“The farm-based model turns the traditional paradigm upside down and allows participants who are accustomed to being care-receivers to become the care-givers.”
Quote from Hope Farms Project