Chucky was diagnosed with autism around age 2 ½ and often relate it to a light bulb going out. He stopped making eye contact, lost his desire for affection, and stopped talking. Our family has gone through the ups and downs of finding early intervention services, adequate supports while in school, and additional help at home. Chucky was a happy-go-lucky kid, until he began transitioning through puberty. With his lack of communication skills, this new major change in his life led him to develop what we now know to be SIBS: Self Injurious Behaviors. We spent many years in and out of hospitals, and in out-of-state treatment facilities trying to "fix" Chucky. We met many other families along our journey, who had similar and often lengthier histories and everyday challenges. The year 2011, for our family, was the hardest year of all - we lost Dad and now we had to fight these battles as three people and no longer as a family of four. Within two years of Dad's passing, sister Jenny founded Homesteads for Hope, to provide our family and yours.... Hope.
On August, 28, 2018 Luann Brown, Co-Founder and “Mother to Autism” lost her battle to Stage 4 Lung & Liver Cancer but with the signs of the “eights” we know she is still here with us helping this mission move forward. Her simplistic version of what Homesteads for is to be is “A place to belong” and “A door that is always open” to the families like hers, and her legacy will make sure no one is to walk in her shoes!
Now its a Journey for Chucky, Jenny and its growing Members to continue Luann’s Legacy.
So Please! Join us, as we create an intentional agriculture-style community and provide a special place to learn, work, live and grow!