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 2011 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. Now, in 2017 Chucky's Mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and although she is a fighter (and will beat it) - the constant worry is still, what Chucky's future will be when she is no longer. We continue everyday to live Chucky's Story but we have HOPE to make change so no family has to walk alone.
So Please! Join us, as we create an intentional agriculture-style community and provide a special place to learn, work, live and grow!