What a long, strange year this has been! In January of 2020 we could never have imagined all the twists and turns thrown at us because of the COVID-19 virus. Take a minute to recount our five favorite memories from 2020: 1. The House Is Ready We began the year with great optimism! Our three-story, eight-bedroom house was built and paid for, and the task ahead of us was to interview foster care applicants to inhabit the home and begin caring for children in the foster care system. After several interviews we found an applicant that fit [...]
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Madison Keil is a senior at Lakeland High School who decided to take on a senior project in order to earn a Leading EDGE diploma. The Leading EDGE program requires students to go beyond basic studies by participating in career internships, community service projects, and choosing a senior project that will somehow benefit the community. Madison learned about The Farm Place and talked with Farm board member Sue Keenan. Madison is an avid golfer and a member of the Lakeland girls golf team, and decided to organize a golf tournament, with proceeds going to The Farm. To [...]
We're Working Hard to Meet Our Goal! The Farm Place is in planning stages for the next phase of The Farm, which includes a barn for farm animals, along with a board room and office space. The new building will reside on our ten-acre property adjacent to the home we built to provide space for a foster family. It will be available to children receiving services from DCS, court-ordered supervised visitation with family members, therapy sessions, and more. We believe providing this space alongside farm animals in a farm setting will provide a more safe, relaxed, and therapeutic environment. On [...]
The Home We Built is Serving Its Purpose The house we built for The Farm Place has been leased by a licensed foster care family for several months now and we thought the community might like to know more about how the home is being used. Strict privacy laws prohibit us from sharing information about the foster care family or the children who live there. Ever since she was a young girl our foster parent had a strong desire to care for children. In the church where she grew up, she served with the kids’ ministries. “In the Bible, James [...]
Friday, September 25 -- 10:30 Until Gone! The Farm Place is excited to serve King's delicious BBQ chicken to raise money toward building our new barn and offices! For a minimum donation of $10.00 (you're always welcome to give more if you like) you'll receive chicken, chips, bottled water, and a cookie! You can get tickets from any one of our board members now through September 24th. Pick up your chicken dinners on Friday, Sept. 25th at the LaGrange County Courthouse. Pre-sale meals must be picked up by 1:00PM. We'll see you there! [...]
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Donates Ten Beds From an article in the February 28, 2020 issue of the LaGrange News: Since October 2018, Sherilyn and Randy Lackey of LaGrange in addition to other volunteers have built and assembled 190 beds associated with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. The reason? Lackey says, “We don’t want any child sleeping in a bad situation. We fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. When it was brought to our attention that the need for beds went far beyond our own neighborhoods, [...]
It's Tri Kappa Week! The Farm was honored to have members of Tri Kappa Mu of LaGrange visit the Farm house this week. Tri Kappa members included Emily Harris, Amy Whited, Andie Myers, and Laura Hartman. Board member Keith James led the group on a tour of The Farm's eight-bedroom house, which will be leased to a licensed foster care provider in the near future. The purpose of “Tri Kappa Week” is to show that Tri Kappa is a strong philanthropic organization in the state of Indiana. Tri Kappa gives approximately $1.5 million dollars every year on [...]
November Fundraiser is a Pleasant Surprise During the month of November, Flagstar Bank offices in Indiana and Michigan held a fundraiser for the Farm. Karen Fleisher, Branch Manager of the Flagstar Bank in LaGrange, presented a check in the amount of $4,300.00 to Farm Place board member Margaret Malone. According to Malone, "We knew they were doing a fundraiser in November but we are surprised and pleased to see the support and generosity of Flagstar Bank and our community." The Farm recently held an open house to invite the public to see the new Farm house, which [...]
Congressional Staffer Visits The Farm The Farm Place was pleased to host a tour for a representative of Congressman Jim Banks, who represents Indiana's 3rd District. Board members Levi King, Marge Malone, and Keith James escorted Landon Porter through the newly-built 3,500-square-foot foster care home located just north of LaGrange. Also in attendance was Sarah Miller, who has provided foster care for children in LaGrange, Steuben, and Noble counties over the past 6½ years. Sarah operates a "clothes club" which makes children's clothes available for foster families when their foster care clothing allowance isn't enough. Topics discussed [...]
Visitors Get First Peek at New Foster Care Home The Farm Place held its open house on November 13, 2019, giving the public a first look at the newly-built foster care home in LaGrange. Nearly a hundred visitors came to see the 3,500-square-foot home which features eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, handicap accessibility, a sprawling front porch, and a walk-out basement. Snacks were donated by Foltz Bakery and volunteers served coffee and apple cider on a chilly November day. Joanna and Levi King used a transport van donated by The Blue Gate Restaurant to shuttle visitors from a [...]