Gould Farm is America’s original community for psychiatric rehabilitation in an open setting, located on 700 acres of farm and woodlands. Gould Farm uses a community-oriented, work-based approach towards therapy.
Founded in 1913, Gould Farm is America’s original community for psychiatric rehabilitation in an open setting, located on 700 acres of farm and woodlands. Guests, those selected for treatment and care, receive services that are rooted in the simple belief that every person has something vital to contribute, despite mental or emotional vulnerabilities. Gould Farm uses a community-oriented, work-based approach towards therapy. The work programs are designed to provide structural support, community engagement, and responsibility for the guests.
Volunteers fill work-leader positions in specific work program areas, supporting guests in tasks such as dairy and animal husbandry, cheese-making, auto mechanics, organic gardening, food services and maintenance. Volunteers also serve on the residential team, supporting guests with daily living skills, activities, recreation, and overnight sleep coverage. All volunteers are supported by staff supervision and work directly with guests, providing leadership, emotional support, and role-modeling.
Volunteers should possess flexibility, sound emotional and physical health, mature judgment, common sense, good communication skills, warmth, interest in community living, successful job experience, and a valid driver’s license. A year as a volunteer at Gould Farm provides an excellent prelude to training for a career in human services.