We are excited that we had such a good turnout for this year’s Annual Holiday Community Sing! Many thanks go out to WB Music Therapy for leading this event every year. We could not be more thankful for their help in bringing holiday joy and happiness to our Growers and supporters. The staff and Growers here would also like to thank Community Aid for their help in providing us a grant to support our Music Therapy program at Hope Springs Farm. Another huge thank you goes to the First United Methodist Church of Hershey who so kindly hosted us for our annual event again.
Our Annual Holiday Community Sing allows the Growers, their family, and everyone else in the community to come enjoy a day of singing holiday classics. The Growers have been working so hard for the last couple months to learn the sign language to several songs they performed at the Sing. Kristyn Beeman and Melonie Walborn from WB Music Therapy made it so much fun for all the Growers, their families, and all the children from all around the community; and as always Kristyn did our favorite Hippo song. We are so glad lots of families came to sing with us and the Growers so we could celebrate the wonderful holiday season. We are already excited for next years! You can see the fun we had at our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwKImlvB0GDjUWS6D4nOJew
Hope Springs Farm offers our Therapeutic Music Program weekly to the Growers. Run by Kristyn Beeman, clinical music therapist, the class is a source of confidence, learning, working together and overall good health for the Growers. This program allows for Growers to connect with one another and face challenges together. The class includes listening to and learning to play various instruments. Conquering challenges and learning within the Therapeutic Music program benefits the Growers immensely.
The Hershey Partnership’s 16th Annual Soup Cook-off was held on October 5th, 2019 at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company Firehouse. This event is to benefit those who volunteer at the Hershey Volunteer Fire Company. This year Hope Springs Farm Growers presented a special seasonal soup in the cook-off, and they won 2nd Place! Congratulations to all the Growers and staff who helped make this our best year yet.
The Growers are adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism; they love to participate in their community activities like this. They also love to volunteer for programs in the community such as Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society, and Food banks. These community activities give them a real sense of value in their community. If you would like to help support our Growers, see the link below.
Hope Springs Farm: Opened in 2005 by Nina and Neil Rovner for their daughter Mimi and other adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities and Autism in the community, Hope Springs Farm provides “Growers” a day program to maximize their abilities. Today the farm operates at full capacity with its alpacas, chickens, sheep, horses, goats, pigs, and more than 60 adults enrolled in its day program. Growers volunteer for programs in the community such as Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society, and Food banks. On the farm they feed and care for the animals, plant and water gardens, learn to cook, do crafts, take music art and yoga classes, and harvest flowers and vegetables. The program also uses a horticulture therapist, music therapist, and occupational therapist interns from several local colleges.
To donate to Hope Springs Farm: https://farmofhope.networkforgood.com/projects/14912-friends-of-hope-springs-farm