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.