Why Farm in the Dell?

FID LOGOFarm in the Dell, International is a nondenominational, non-profit organization, committed to providing life long care for adults with developmental disabilities. Through faith, family, and a farm environment, along with the transforming power of Jesus Christ, their mission is to serve one another in a spirit of Christian love.
The Farm in the Dell, International is located in Helena. They come along side communities that would like to start a Farm.
“A Farm in the Dell” is different from a standard group home in that it is located in a rural area and it includes vocational training and experience on site. The resident may live here for their life time. We want them to call this home. The Farm in the Dell also provides important opportunities for community integration.
There are four location in Montana in Butte, Kalispell, Great Falls and Helena and two international locations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The Farm in the Dell concept originated in the early 1980’s in Helena, Montana when a group of parents met to discuss the idea of building a HOME in the country and having individuals with developmental disabilities live and work on the property.  These members of the community approached the Bartels, originally from Butte, who had built a farm for developmentally disabled in the Flathead Valley.  This was the beginning of a journey to provide HOMES where individuals living at a Farm in the Dell would become valued members of their communities and gain the self-respect that every person needs and deserves.
The Farm in the Dell program relies on the support and “ownership” of local communities.  This community bond ensures that the residents of the farm are contributing members of the community, building lives full of love, respect and fulfillment.
Each “farm” is established with the goal of becoming self-sufficient.

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