The Lighthouse organization was formed in the late 1980’s as a step of faith to begin a ministry for adults with intellectual disabilities in the Flathead Valley. Several years later, 40 acres of land was provided through Farm in the Dell International Properties. Starting in 1994 and over the following 4 years a beautiful, 8,000 square foot, custom designed home was constructed through a combination of “blitz” building efforts and weekend work. The entire project was accomplished using volunteer labor, materials and donations of cash.
The Lighthouse experienced reorganization in the summer of 2004 to better serve the residents and community. A 24/7 staffing model was implemented and managed by an experienced Executive Director. To utilize the whole home the number of residents was increased to 12 with the approval of the State Licensing Agency.
Currently at capacity with a waiting list the Lighthouse has grow into a quality program with a unique way of providing services for adults in need of supervision of daily skills, activities, and work. Through a combination of residential fees and fundraising we are able to remain a private pay organization that puts Christ at the center of all we do.
Our philosophy to serve adults with disabilities with a faith, farm, and family foundation has became very popular and well received in our community and elsewhere as many new organizations for other parts of our state and other states have consulted us about using our group home model.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - Montana's Sister Country
Kyrgyzstan once a part of the Soviet Union now Montana’s sister country and a place Farm in the Dell has called home since 2003. With the support of many local people and the Montana National guard a home was built for the developmentally disabled in this beautiful country. It has become a beacon for other countries in Asia showing that there is a place in communities around the world for developmentally disabled individuals to thrive and become valued members of their communities.
Fundraising started in early 2000 and the MT national guard helped with flights, supplies and a whole lot of hard work to construct the home and bring doctors, nurses and many trades man to help train and assist the local community. In 2003 A MT National Guard C130 flew over with final supplies for the house and workers and to complete the project and move in. Since then we have regular visits from Kygyz nationals who want to visit Montana to meet the people who helped them in their time of need.
When a community comes together to build a better world, we all win. And it can happen anywhere. Please help us build the next Farm in the Dell by donating today. God bless.
The Farm in the Dell is an alternative to town-based group homes. The Farm provides a residential and vocational opportunity in a rural, farm-like setting for adults with developmental disabilities. It emphasizes work related to agriculture and provides important opportunities for community integration. Residents can choose to work at the Farm or in town. Likewise, those who live in town can choose to work at the Farm. The relaxed calming atmosphere is a real asset to all involved-residents, workers and staff alike.
Our Goal The goal of Farm in the Dell is to provide developmentally disabled adults an opportunity to live and work in a rural setting. The Farm will maintain a Christian lifestyle within a family atmosphere, provide comprehensive residential services, employment, care provider planning and affordable housing options. Services will be unique and customized to meet individual needs, hopes and dreams.
The first farm was started in Helena in the 1980's by the co-founders and a group of parents working towards the dream of a place for adults with developmental disabilities to work and live. Lowell and Susan Bartels are the co-founders of "Farm in the Dell International".
Farm in the Dell is a non-profit corporation with charitable status. We have a dedicated group of Board of Directors who first met in June 2008.
The Farm in the Dell is the realization of a dream planted simultaneously in several hearts and several homes. Please send any ideas, suggestions, feedback.
Our names are Krista Neufeld and Lynette Zacharias. We worked together at a school for children with developmental disabilities for many years. We have provided respite for families in Saskatoon and area and approached by many more families. We had observed the huge need for more residential and vocational services.
We wanted to find out if there would be any interest here in the Farm in the Dell concept so we held a community information night. We had over 130 people attend, including, parents, educators, and representation from other organizations, as well as interested general public attended in March 2008. The positive response we received gave us the encouragement to move forward with this project.
why Saskatchewan . . .
Individuals familiar with the needs of people with developmental disabilities are aware of the lack of facilities located in the province. Present services are great, but are full to capacity.
Saskatchewan and agriculture go hand in hand: Animals are a great source of companionship and can be used for therapeutic growth. Participants can see their efforts grow in a productive and meaningful way while experiencing a traditional farming lifestyle.
Farm in the Dell has created jobs in rural Saskatchewan both in the building & operating stages. Many individuals come from a rural setting and don't want to move to the city. This allows for individuals who want to live in a rural environment the opportunity to do so.