Hannah and Friends Farm, a residential community for individuals with special needs, will welcome its first residents with a 5:00 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Sept. 28.
Representatives of the organization's board, including Maura Weis, will host a reception at the Eck Rec Center following the ceremony. While the Farm has been hosting events for over a year, the four women moving into the Peter Schivarelli and Chicago Home will be the first full-time residents of the 40-plus acre property located in Northern Indiana.
Peter Schivarelli, manager of the legendary rock band "Chicago," has not only made personal contributions to Hannah and Friends, but the band "Chicago" has also been instrumental in donating fifty cents from every "Chicago" concert ticket sold to the organization.
Schivarelli and the band have supported Hannah and Friends since its beginning. The Farm's second dwelling, the Jon Bon Jovi Home, will be open for tours during the September 28 reception. Fundraising continues for the construction of additional residential homes as well as a respite home for families and a community therapeutic pool.
"When Hannah and Friends was founded six years ago, a target date of 2015 was envisioned for the opening of the Farm," explained Weis, chair and founder of the organization.
"The incredible generosity of both the Michiana community and the Notre Dame family has been overwhelming, and we feel blessed to be able to welcome four special women to our community today."
The Farm will provide housing and care for individuals with different abilities, and a waiting list for future residents is already growing. A neighborhood of four-bedroom homes will enable residents to integrate their lives into both the Farm¹s operation and the greater Michiana community.
Mosaic, a faith-based national organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities, will manage the Farm¹s direct support professionals and administration. Hannah and Friends, founded by Charlie and Maura Weis in honor of their daughter, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs.
In addition to the ongoing development of Hannah and Friends Farm, the organization also provides monetary grants to families caring for individuals with special needs and fosters an ongoing campaign promoting "Awareness and Compassion."
Additional details about the organization can be found at www.hannahandfriends.org.
Sharon Bui Green, Hannah and Friends: (574) 273-9824