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Harvesting Dreams

A different model for combatting homelessness in FoCo.

According to data released last year, homelessness is on the rise in Fort Collins, with a complex web of potential causes ranging from addiction and trauma to low-wage jobs and a lack of affordable housing. The solutions to it are equally complex, but Harvest Farms is reaping success using a whole-person approach.

The Fort Collins Rescue Mission serves close to 200 men annually at its 209-acre farm-based rehabilitation center in Wellington. The farm offers multiple services like addiction counseling, financial literacy, job skills, Bible study and work therapy. It’s part of a nationally recognized solution called the New Life Program, which is committed breaking the cycles of homelessness and addiction for the long term. Men may stay for several months at Harvest Farm. Residents not only have a safe place to stay, they have the time and space to explore what’s been holding them back and to rebuild a sense of self. They say growing crops and especially caring for the animals can restore the pride and inner peace that gets crushed by life on the street.

To support the farm or the Fort Collins Rescue Mission with financial donations or by volunteering, visit harvestfarm.net.
—C.R.

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