Mission Statement Rainbow of Hope Farm is an environment where residents experience a feeling of self-worth, purpose in life and continued growth with staff emphasis on quality care, meaningful work and community integration.
History of Rainbow of Hope Farm Rainbow of Hope Farm (ROHF), a 501-c-3 non-profit located in southern Grand Traverse County, is a work site and residence for developmentally disabled adults. The dream of a building complex started in 1994 with a small group of concerned parents and educators. The Tony and Pauline Rodes farm on County Line Road, Kingsley, was purchased in 1997 by Bill and Eileen Wooer. Grants from Rotary Charities, Cherryland Electric, the Oleson Foundation, the Biederman Foundation, the Herrick Foundation, the Filippis Foundation, Sam's Club, the Swiat Foundation and the Knights of Columbus enabled ROHF to begin several building projects and renovations. In addition to the grants, over 450 volunteers plus in-kind donations from D & W Mechanical, Pearson and Case Surveying, Lajko Electric, Bach Oil Field Services, Consumers Energy, Thon Heating & Cooling, Dave Heim, Dan Blauw Jay and Kathie Price and Old Mission Windows aided tremendously in the development. Rainbow of Hope opened in January of 2000. Several other construction projects and renovations have followed. The farm has two barns, a greenhouse, several ponds, a nature trail and a shed converted into an old country store. The long range goal is to have residents run the store selling in season garden produce plus arts and craft items made on the farm with the guidance of volunteers. This would provide jobs for residents in addition to the pride developed in marketing something they helped create. ROHF location is ideal (25 miles from Traverse City and Cadillac) in attracting people from two large northern Michigan communities. The Price Social Center is a focal point where residents from the AFC home and the Independent Living Apartments gather for social activities. Most of the residents are from the Grand Traverse area while others are from McBain, Shepherd, Flint and Detroit. A century old farmhouse has been restored through the efforts of community volunteers and grant funding. The goals of Rainbow of Hope do not drift from the mission statement of developing a feeling of self- worth and purpose in life through community integration and meaningful work. Community integration includes traveling to Traverse City, Kingsley or Cadilllac for work or social activities. Equally important is the community visiting Rainbow of Hope. Meaningful work on the farm includes chores such as caring for animals, helping in the greenhouse, lawn maintenance, organic garden produce raised and sold at a roadside stand and a USDA approved Salsa and Mustard which is sold at the Forest Area Credit Union in Kingsley during December. Residents help by picking the produce and dicing the tomatoes, peppers and onions. Community volunteers lend a hand in the kitchen. The major fund raising events are; the Mother's Day Dinner, the spring/fall Barn Markets, Blueberry Pancake breakfast and Fall Days on the Farm. The dinner coincides with the opening of the greenhouse, plus kids games, a petting zoo, bake sale and a raffle. Fall Days also include a dinner and a hayride through the woods where residents and community volunteers pop up anywhere as the Halloween ghosts. The first Sunday of each month is the Pancake breakfast where residents and community volunteers work together to prepare a great breakfast featuring our home grown blueberries. These events are very popular in the Kingsley community. . Rainbow of Hope is a model of what can be done with a clear vision, community support and volunteers that are willing to lend a hand in order to make a better life for the disabled. Visitors are always welcome. Address: 1951 County Line Road, Kingsley, Michigan, 49649. Phone: at the farm 231-263-HOPE or 231-263-5465
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