The Farmer's House

A Place Where disABILITIES disAPPEAR!

Weston, MO   |  www.thefarmershouse.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower youth and adults with developmental disabilities to pursue their best lives. We accomplish our mission by providing innovative programming focused on job skills development, employment placement, community inclusion and social enrichment. Our vision is to be a place where disABILITIES disAPPEAR!

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Mrs. Amy Allison

Main address

415 Main Street

Weston, MO 64098 USA

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EIN

32-0171681

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

cultural Programs (Ogr)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Work Experience

Providing vocational experiences for junior high and high schools and individuals exploring vocations through job skills development in our markets, gardens, commercial kitchens and special events. Our goal is to help Farmers gain critical thinking skills and practical vocational experience. Activities occur throughout the school day in two-hour sessions on a weekly, monthly or occasional basis.  Students gain soft and hard vocational skills in a hands-on real world work environment that includes retail markets, a catering business, a cafe and gardens. Students in our Early Work Experience program learn a variety of skills related to running a small business, including operating a cash register, customer service, stocking and pricing merchandise, cleaning, maintenance, and more.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Providing career exploration and discovery activities based on individual abilities, skills and interests. Services include: Application completion assistance. Job interviewing activities.Completion of task analysis.Negotiation with and education of prospective employers regarding their role of full inclusion in the workforce. Our goal is to provide meaningful activities that support job skills development, vocational exploration and, ultimately, employment. Services are highly individualized and occur during weekdays.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Providing social, wellness and life-skills activities for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Activties are provided on-site and throughout the community during select evenings and weekends. Activities include a variety of planned outings, recreational experiences and unique events. Ongoing lifestyle classes center around healthy meal preparation and baking. A week-long summer camp focuses on life, social, recreation and team building skills. Camp activities occur during the weekday at our Farm and in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The newest program at Farmer’s House is the Roots Community Integration Program, which is designed to provide all day activities for a small group of participants in different locations within the Kansas City area. While there will be some vocational training incorporated into the program, there will also be ample recreational activities designed to enrich the lives of the participants and give them socialization opportunities within the community. Intended to serve as a day program, the Roots Community Integration program will allow participants to engage in social enterprises as they are able and according to each one’s interest.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Community Integration - 3 Year 2016

Affiliations & memberships

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Three Year Accreditation 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Farmer's House mission is to empower youth and adults with developmental disabilities to pursue their best lives.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Feedback from a recent survey indicatecd that our families see a need for increased focus on life skills training. As such, we added additional program activities to address this need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has strengthened our relationships with our stakeholders.. They know their input is valued and is acted upon.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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The Farmer's House

Board of directors
as of 12/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Suzanne Zimmerman

Community Volunteer

Term: 2021 - 2024

David Cunningham

Retired Insurance Executive

Peaches Cunningham

Tutera Group

Michele Kilo, MD

Physician

Suzanne Zimmerman

Community Volunteer

Alan Zimmerman

Ernst and Young

James Landrum

Reece Nichols

Leslie Byram

Attorney

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability