The Founders Story's
We are the Charles “Chucky” Brongo Family, mom Luann and sister Jennyrae from Gates, NY. After many years of raising a son and brother with autism, we were inspired to create a place where families and individuals like ours in the community could go to, to be truly accommodated through effortless inclusion. Homesteads for Hope vision was founded in 2012 when Chucky visited the existing farm and was immediately captivated by the serenity and peacefulness. Chucky who presented with behaviors previously, became calm in this new environment. We found HOPE.
Today, Chucky's Story is still very real and is a driving force for what young adults with disabilities need as well as their families. The growing team at Homesteads for Hope recognizes that sometimes a one-size fits all option, when available, doesn't work for the person. We more so understand that its a family affair, that from the parents to the siblings you need support to be stronger and H4H is working on creating a door that is always open in your time of need.
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 one year of Dad's passing, sister Jenny founded Homesteads for Hope, to provide our family and yours.... Hope.
On August, 28, 2018 @ 8pm 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!