Patchwork Pastures a NJ Nonprofit Corporation

Bringing Recovery and Nature Together

aka Patchwork Pastures   |   Lafayette, NJ   |  www.patchworkpastures.org

Mission

Mission Statement: Bringing Recovery and Nature Together. Vision Statement: Patchwork Pastures mission is to support transitioning young adults ages 18 – 28 reintegrating into society from mental health, substance use or incarceration by creating collaborative partnerships with green care companies as a base for promoting recovery, reducing recidivism, increasing employ-ability and quality of life through our Green Care Project initiative.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder & CEO

Rachel Helt

Main address

144 State Rout 15

Lafayette, NJ 07848 USA

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EIN

83-3481467

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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As in most communities, our "transitioning youth" remain undeserved by programs that should provide high quality support, enrichment or education. Young people in less privileged households are often more susceptible to substance use, mental health challenges and criminal activity. Studies show that youth exposed to family risk factors such as poor family management, domestic violence, favorable parental attitudes towards alcohol and drugs, and high family conflict are more likely to use drugs. Sadly this could lead them down an unstable and life threatening path of drugs, crime and incarceration; a path that our founder has experienced first-hand with her own family, resulting in the creation of this life enriching program modeled after the international concept “Green Care”. The growing opioid epidemic has destroyed many lives and taken so many of our young people that alternate interventions have become a priority for establishing success.

Our programs

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Green Care Project Innitiative

Our amazing team is committed to bringing recovery and nature together. We have taken our life experience, our challenges, our successes, our convictions and our recovery and turned it into action creating a Green Care Project focusing on at risk young adults’ ages 18-28. Our Green Care Project initiative incorporates animals, plants, gardens, forest, and the landscapes including but not limited to livestock management, crop production, forestry, horticultural and greenhouse activities, promoting holistic healing opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Under the Green Care concept, we create the connection between the mentor (Recovery Support Specialist), the PATCH (a farm, green care company, green house, or nature based company), and the Participant (individual in recovery). Green Care services complement the supply of public welfare services, while increasing the possibilities of success for individuals served. Our programs utilize humane education within the following areas; agriculture, horticulture, arboriculture, general construction, animal care and other nature based areas. By encompassing these specific service areas and changing the role of the individual from service receiver to service assistant they build a sense of responsibility, self-efficacy, empathy and compassion as well as establish personal boundaries and most importantly teamwork and leadership skills.

Green Care is a well-established international concept that uses animals, plants and nature in an interactive process to offer health-promoting activities for people. With this concept in mind our programs are designed to support transitioning young adults ages 18-28 re-integrating into society with mental health challenges, substance use challenges or from incarceration, those most often left behind. By partnering with local social service agencies, probation, jails along with local farms, green houses, animal rescues and other green care industry professionals we will be able to provide a continuum of care for at risk young adults along with life skills and a sense of hope for their future.

Patchwork Pastures board of directors is comprised of individuals in recovery, parents of individuals in recovery, local Patches (farms or green companies) and general community members. Our volunteers, most of whom are in recovery, are open and willing to share their journeys with new participants providing mentor-ship and peer recovery support systems. We will provide continuing education to participants through various community providers to enhance life skills. Our founder and CEO is the parent of three children with significant mental health challenges, including two in long term recovery from heroin addiction, all long term survivors of domestic violence. She has first hand lived experience with system providers form both mental health and addictions, juvenile justice and adult justice systems, and has identified a significant gap in services for our transitioning young adults. In a personal statement Ms. Helt reflected on her own journey stating "Our young adults in recovery who have served time in county jail or state prisons who are then sentenced to community service have little or no options. My own children have been placed at community service locations where adults were actively drinking or partying or where the community service was punitive in nature. Bringing back the concept of "working farms" where we can teach life skills, allow participants the opportunity to be mentored and to have faith in their own recovery is where we need to start."

We are a newly established organization preparing for an official launch in August of 2019.

Financials

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Patchwork Pastures a NJ Nonprofit Corporation

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jason Helewa


Board co-chair

Madeline Lozowski

Adrienne Sprung

Miranda Kardos

Koren Kardos

Patricia Heavener

David Martinak

Merynda Fullhart

Kara McGrew