A live/work/play/grow community of services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families located in Southwestern Ohio
Good Works Farm, Inc. was founded in 2012 with one goal: to meet the needs of the developmentally disabled population in southwestern Ohio. Our founder, Nancy Bernotaitis, has been a leader in the local special needs community since 2006, serving as a founding member and president of the Dayton Autism Society from 2006-2012. She has worked at Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley as an assistive technology specialist, at Integrated Connections as a healthcare coordinator for families living with autism, and has served on a number of autism and developmental disabilities committees including the Ohio Autism Coalition, the Parents and Advocates Council, and the Coalition for Community Choice. Nancy has a son on the autism spectrum. As her son grew older, Nancy began to research housing and work options and soon realized that resources were non-existent. As she sat at equine therapy with her son one day, she was struck by how happy he was at the barn. Although he can't articulate his desire to live in the country surrounded by animals, his behavior told her that this is where he belongs. She began researching and soon realized that farmstead communities for special needs is a lifespan model--residents stay until the move or pass away. There are no openings and long wait lists.
It quickly became obvious that if this opportunity was going to be available for her son, she was going to have to build it herself. Her husband, Bob, then came on board and it's been full steam ahead ever since. As services are rolled out in phases, the two of them envision a day when they step out their door, hop on their golf cart, and spend the day interacting with the farmers of Good Works Farm.
The name, Good Works Farm, comes from Ephesians 2:10 "For we are ALL created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has planned, in advance, for us to do." We believe everyone, including individuals with a developmental disabilities, have good works to do, they simply need the right support. It is our mission to provide that support.
Andrew Scholes, CPA
Joe Mattera, Esq.
Mike Wall, Realtor
Bob Talty, SCORE Mentor
Mark Olson, LTO Ventures
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