Founder, Jennyrae Brongo does a TED Talk in Rochester called:
"A Place Where We All Belong"
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Jennyrae Brongo considers herself a Dream Builder – As a young entrepreneur, sister to autism, woman in construction and founder of Homesteads for Hope Community Farm, she believes all her life’s work is for one common mission – to build sustainable community. Her vision came to life in the form of a collaborative construction community, a community farm and sustainable housing for young adults with autism. Jennyrae Brongo is a Rochester, New York native and the owner of Brongo Contracting & Supply. She is also the founder of Homesteads for Hope, a nonprofit organization founded in May of 2013. Homesteads for Hope is dedicated to the support of young adults with autism and their families, offering a welcoming community environment. In 2016, Homesteads for Hope purchased a fifty-five-acre historic farm in Ogden, New York, which has since transformed into the community’s permanent home. Jennyrae continues to support and improve this venture, positively impacting the lives of countless young adults with autism and their families. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Luann spent her life as a fulltime mother, caregiver and advocate for her son with Autism. She was co-founder of Homesteads for Hope, a community farm serving young adults with disabilities
Homesteads for Hope was created to help build a future for autistic and other special needs teens and young adults, needing special attention to help them live a full life. Brongo’s younger brother is autistic and she has lived with the problems of finding assistance for caregivers and their charges. With an idea for a community farming environment, Brongo and her followers have made strides toward the dream.
The Kiwanis Club of Greece recently heard from Jenny Brongo, co-founder of Homesteads for Hope, to learn about the nonprofit community farm that serves as a place to learn, work, live and grow for people of all abilities in Greater Rochester.
H4H was founded in May 2013 by Brongo and her mother, Luann. It promotes skills training, socialization, self-awareness and career exploration on an organically practiced farm. As the demand for self-directed and inclusive community services continues to rise, particularly for young adults, H4H will provide high quality services to people of all abilities.
Luann Brown dreamed of a place like Homesteads while raising her son, Charles “Chucky” Brongo, who was diagnosed with autism during a time when services for children with autism were far and few between. When Chucky’s behaviors turned self-injurious during his teenage years, Luann Brown could not find anyone to help her son. At last, the family had no choice but to move Chucky to an out-of-state facility where he then lived for 3 and a half years during which the family struggled to visit each month and connect with him daily.
Homesteads for Hope is a non-profit community farm that gives people of all abilities a chance to work, live and grow.
Jenny Brongo and her mom founded the organization in 2013 as they cared for Chucky, Jenny's brother, who has autism.
Five years later, Homesteads for Hope continues to grow, soon offering more classes, a general store and even places to live.
Ashley Doerzbacher visited the farm on Manitou Road this morning to show us what's going on.
Project Financing Case Study: The Disability Opportunity Fund & Charles Hammerman Fund Homesteads for Hope in Rochester, NY
“Homesteads for Hope was at a standstill, as we could not be a true community farm without the farm. Banks would not look at us without a down payment and significant collateral. Charlie Hammerman and the DOF offered money and guidance that no bank could ever provide.”
— Jennyrae Brongo - Founder of Homesteads for Hope
Homesteads for Hope cannot be successful without the community’s support. The farm relies heavily on the Spencerport and surrounding communities for volunteers, fundraising, and the donation of materials and equipment. So far, the support has been overwhelming. To date, the farm has reined in over 250 people to help get the farm ready for this spring’s community classes. These volunteers helped tear down the old greenhouse and build the new one; clean up the lawn and landscape; clean the barns; and recycle scrap metal and electronics. Homesteads for Hope is grateful for the support it has received so
far, including help from other area farms. Jennyrae is quick to point out that this is a community farm. “The family isn’t just us anymore,” she says. “This is everybody’s farm.”
At a scenic pumpkin patch just outside Rochester, members of the community, from families with kids looking for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern to a local pig farmer stocking up on feed for the winter, are happy the Forever Homestead is showing signs of life.
Their mission is to help as many people as possible and to build a community farm so that people of all abilities can plant, sow, learn and work together.
Representatives at Homesteads for Hope, a nonprofit working with those with intellectual disabilities, called the state Department of Environmental Conservation from the organization's Ogden location Tuesday about an owl hanging from a tree by its wing near the Erie Canal.
Inspired by her family’s struggle with autism, Jennyrae Brongo conceives a farming-based residential community for people with special needs.
The Organization is currently leasing Robert Brongo’s 55-acre farm, located on Manitou Road along the Erie Canal, for Homesteads for Hope, a non-profit community farm.
The power of Jennyrae Brongo is that she is the sibling, not the parent. She has a different perspective that stands apart from us that are raising our children. Her energy and her perseverance amazes me.
With over 300 contestants competing for the grand prize of $50,000 and the celebrity’s help for the day, Homesteads for Hope placed 2nd winning $10,000 towards their charity
Homesteads for Hope is named in Top 6 semi finalist for Guaranteed Rates Ultimate Give Back Challenge
Guaranteed Rate, one of the ten largest retail mortgage lenders in the U.S., announced the six finalist projects in its first annual “Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge,” a nationwide search for people and organizations who are leading projects that make meaningful impacts in their communities. The company is giving away $100,000 plus home improvement expert Ty Pennington’s help for a day to the best community improvement projects that were submitted through the Challenge’s Facebook app.
Brongo is hoping the future of her business includes training a workforce that will help create homes and environments for special needs individuals, another population served by BOCES 2.