Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects about one percent of the population worldwide. It can affect anyone at any time, but typically strikes in the early adult years. People with active schizophrenic symptoms often will interpret reality abnormally.
Annual Report 2013
Nature, community and meaningful work: These are the cornerstones of Hopewell's therapeutic farm model of care.
Our farm itself, and our nature-based program, are keys to Hopewell's success. As Rachel Carson wrote in Silent Spring, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves in strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature."...
This is a story about the natural power of animals to impact healing, and how a very special horse changed the life of a young woman in pain.
Adrienne came to Hopewell at age 19 with a diagnosis of depression. Her illness caused her to hear voices that told her she was worthless, that no one wanted her around them, and that it would be better if she would just die. Adrienne had been cutting her arms (superficially) for three years prior to coming to Hopewell.
Each year during Hopewell's Summer Solstice benefit, generous guests "raise their paddles" to support our mission to help people with serious mental illness find hope and healing. This year's Fund-a-Need will support a new family home for recently graduated residents.
Joel Budzar, our guest speaker at last year's Summer Solstice, is a proud graduate of the Hopewell program who is now an instrumental member of the team renovating the new family home.
Results from Hopewell's research show improved outcomes.