#608: Gould Farm

 Monterey, Massachusetts

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Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental illness move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work and individual clinical care.

Website: http://www.gouldfarm.org

Job Descriptions

Gould Farm provides a compassionate, respectful family environment where adults with mental illness learn to build more meaningful lives for themselves through work, recreation and community life. The services at the farm remain rooted in the belief that every person has something to contribute despite mental or emotional limitations. Central to the farm model is a structured, supportive work environment for guests (clients). Volunteers, staff and guests alike work together to run this 600-acre farm, whether tending to the gardens or roadside store, pasteurizing milk, or preparing wholesome meals. When guests can demonstrate an adequate understanding of their strengths and vulnerabilities, the Boston Area Program, Fellside, serves as a short-term springboard for practicing life skills necessary for living in an urban environment. Volunteers serve as work program leaders and residential support at the farm in Monterey, MA, and as residential support at the urban Fellside location. Volunteers are asked to make a full-time, one year commitment with the opportunity to renew for a second year. In order to provide the most fulfilling experience volunteers are asked to be flexible and willing to work on several areas of the Farm. Requirements: mature, caring, service oriented individuals who are interested in community living, have at least one successful job experience and a valid driver’s license.

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