AT IMPACT LIFE FARM
ABOUT THE FARM
The Sanctuary at Impact Life Farm is located in Seaford, Delaware and will be an agriculturally based recovery program with permanent recovery housing, workforce development (agriculturally-based entrepreneurship as well as entrepreneurship in other fields), case management, spiritual support, therapeutic arts, and other forms of recovery support. It will be a safe place and a one-stop shop for people in recovery to come post-residential treatment or post-incarceration/supervision. It will be a place where those in a vulnerable post-treatment state can solidify their recovery, their life skills and get the help they need to re-enter life confidently, with a plan, a community, and training behind them. At the Sanctuary, our aim will be to help participants move forward to full recovery, a life of sobriety, a feeling of community, and self-reliance.
A WORD FROM OUR CEO
In general, IMPACT Life’s mission is to build a solid foundation of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) recovery through unique recovery residences, peer support, workforce development services, cultural and spiritual experiences, opportunities for leadership, and service work projects for Delaware residents seeking much-needed recovery and reentry help. IMPACT Life was established and awarded 501c3 status in 2020. I am a veteran of recovery and reentry with 26 years of behavioral health experience helping people, and my goal in starting IMPACT Life was to creatively address the gaps I see in even the best recovery programs locally and nationally. For those with SUD who are justice-involved, reentry help through recovery housing and wraparound programs is a priority. IMPACT Life currently runs SUD recovery housing and associated programs in partnership with atTAck addiction.
A SERENE SETTING
The place where all this will happen is a property with a 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath house where 13 female recovery residents can live, with a 600 square foot garage and a pole barn that can be used for workforce development and other programs, plus 17.05 acres of land for farming, gardening, fishing/aquaponics, and therapeutic animal husbandry. Part of that land can be leased to regenerative farmers for income generation as well. We’ve been very fortunate to get a grant from the Delaware State Housing Authority to purchase this amazing property.
You can see original photos of the property at https://www.landwatch.com/sussex-county-county-delaware-farms-and-ranches-for-sale/pid/411828447.
The program itself will be financially self-sustaining after a startup period; there is currently no program like the IMPACT Recovery Farm in the state of Delaware. The recovery house will be for women only; the outbuildings on the property will be used for co-ed workforce development programs that serve all IMPACT Life program participants (from other recovery residences and our community Clubhouse program) and the larger Sussex community as well.
In our model, the wraparound services at the recovery residences are very important and the farm will give us space to expand our workforce development program, including a shift to therapeutic arts like culinary arts and recovery farming. It will give us an opportunity to become a community hub for our SUD population, their loved ones, and the community at large. Programming will include parenting classes, tutoring, therapeutic group meetings, and lots of partnering opportunities with other non-profits who offer excellent life skills, financial literacy, recovery, legal help, arts, and other programs. We want to partner with other agencies who can use the space and offer services to create a true community resource in Sussex in addition to recovery housing and workforce development.
This proposed recovery residence builds on the IMPACT Life team’s years of SUD treatment experience. IMPACT Life is concurrently building new program areas including a clubhouse approach funded by a grant from Highmark Blueprints that will be the only program in the state offering a one-stop Clubhouse in New Castle County with comprehensive peer support, workforce development, harm reduction, case management, and community-based services. At the Sussex County IMPACT Recovery Farm, workforce development experts and other staff from the Clubhouse would provide the same workforce development and employment services, peer support, and case management wraparound services (linkage to food, Medicaid and other benefits, linkage to healthcare and behavioral health services, linkage to housing for those who need rapid rehousing or to prevent homelessness and more).
RELATING TO OUR CLIENTS
The program is staffed with individuals who have gone through the recovery process themselves and who are active in the recovery community. They understand what clients go through emotionally to regain their independence and maintain their sobriety and are trained and credentialed in multiple practice areas that meet NARR IV standards. Their ultimate goal is to provide individuals with the confidence and a solid foundation to fully re-enter their community successfully; seek out their own ongoing support groups and other needed resources to remain sober and healthy. The program will also be staffed with a farm educator, and this is definitely an area where we can use your help. As a justice-involved person who has lived through addiction and now grateful to be in recovery, I know first-hand the benefits of working to heal and sustain oneself and how that might be done in a deep, powerful way at the Sanctuary at Impact Life Farm.
Ophelia was adopted with her “sister” Mouse out of PA. Ophelia is a Nigerian Dwarf goat and approximately 2 years old. Ophelia, along with mouse were the first of the four-legged animals to reside at the sanctuary at Impact life farm in January of 2023. Ophelia is very bonded to her sister, mouse, and tends to be the dominant of the two. Ophelia was the first of the two to warm up to staff and residents, she is the first to get a “feel” for new people and will come close enough just to judge you without you being able to touch her, she warms up once she gets to know you. Ophelia enjoys getting butt rubs and itching between her horns on anything that she possibly can.
Stella is an almost 6-year-old myotonic goat. Stella came to the sanctuary at impact life farm in May of 2023 as a donation for the cause. Stella came with one of her babies, Lloyd, and another baby, Harry. Stella is a lovable, not in your face type of goat. Stella is by far the most dominant goat of our little herd, she’s our alpha female, she keeps the whole goat herd in line. Stella enjoys being brushed, pet or attention of any kind. Stella likes it when you get down to her level to greet her. Stella absolutely enjoys getting cheerios for treats.
Lloyd is a year-old myotonic goat (fainting goat) as of March 5th. Lloyd is one of Stella’s babies. Lloyd is a wether, which means he cannot reproduce. Lloyd came to the sanctuary at impact life farm in May of 2023 with Stella and his friend, Harry. Lloyd is the friendliest goat of our herd, if he can climb into your lap, he absolutely will! Lloyd loves attention and loves to be petted. Lloyd will sometimes scare himself and faint, which causes his friend Harry to faint with him. Don’t worry, fainting doesn’t cause him harm, when he is spooked, the sudden stiffening of muscles as he attempts to flee sometimes causes them to fall over, which looks a bit like they have fainted from fright, characteristic of his breed.
Harry is a year-old myotonic goat (fainting goat), come March 13th. Harry came to the sanctuary at impact life farm with Stella and Lloyd in May of 2023. Harry is also a wether, which means he cannot reproduce. Harry is also one of the friendlier goats of our herd. You will usually see him hanging out with his buddy, Lloyd, they are pretty inseparable. Just as Lloyd can make Harry faint, Harry can make Lloyd faint as well. Harry loves attention, especially when you get down onto his level. He enjoys chewing on clothing and shoelaces and will sometimes try to climb on you to chew on your clothes. Don’t worry, he only has bottom teeth, with the top being what is called a dental pad, so he can’t destroy your clothes in a short period of time!
Jack is a two-year-old on June 13th, mini panda steer, which means he cannot reproduce. He came to the sanctuary at impact life farm in July of 2023 with his friend Diane. Jack has a mind of his own, stubborn as can be, and loves food. Jack is very curious of people and will always come up to the fence to sniff out visitors. Jack is a big boy, weighing around 900lbs, he is starting to really enjoy his scratches! His curiosity is what makes him friendly through the fence, but once you enter his pasture, he is on guard to protect his friend, Diane. Jack loves treats, and just food in general. Jack will lick treats out of your hand and then of course pick his nose with his tongue afterwards.
Diane is one year old, as of January 3rd, mini panda heifer, which means she has never been bred (and we don’t plan to breed her). Diane arrived with Jack at the sanctuary at impact life farm in July of 2023. Diane is still a baby and tends to be skittish and hides behind Jack in most cases. Diane is still very unsure of people, but she is a work in progress. Diane will hang back while Jack approves or disapproves of people, when he approves, she will approach. Diane is very food motivated, just not as food motivated as Jack.
Spuds is a mini potbelly pig, he was adopted with his siblings Pennelope, Rudy, and Anny from pig placement network out of PA. Spuds will be 3 years old on October 26th. Spuds and his siblings came to us in March of 2023. Spuds’ name very much fits him as he is a literal potato. Spuds is the first to come up to people for attention. He loves attention, belly scratches and just laying out in the sun. Spuds is the smallest of the group, but by no means does that mean he has the smallest heart. He is the most lovable and gentle of the pigs here at the sanctuary.
Rudy is a mini potbelly pig, he was adopted with his siblings Pennelope, Spuds, and Anny from pig placement network out of PA. Rudy will be 3 years old on October 26th. Rudy and his siblings came to the sanctuary at impact life farm in March of 2023. Rudy is the most skittish one of the group, he tends to favor men and will warm right up while in their presence. Rudy does not enjoy getting his nails clipped but still enjoys rubs on his terms. Rudy is slow to warm up to visitors but once he does, he very much enjoys the attention.
Pennelope is a mini potbelly pig. She was adopted with her siblings Rudy, Spuds, and Anny from pig placement network out of PA. Pennelope will be 3 years old on October 26th. Pennelope and her siblings came to the sanctuary at impact life farm in March of 2023. Pennelope is a little sassy but approaches you for attention on her terms. Pennelope is lovable and enjoys spending her days lounging in the sun.
Anny is a mini potbelly pig, she was adopted with her siblings Pennelope, Rudy, and Spuds from pig placement network out of PA. Anny will be 3 years old on October 26th. Anny came to the sanctuary at impact life with her siblings in March of 2023. Anny is a very food motivated, food aggressive pig, however this does not take away from how sweet she can actually be. Anny loves attention and scratches on her belly that make her roll over to scratch more. Anny is the dominant one of the group and she makes sure that everyone knows it!
Silver Elation, who we call Ellie for short. Ellie will be 11 years old June 4th. Ellie is a Huacaya alpaca breed. Ellie and her “sisters”, Honey and Cherry came to the sanctuary at impact life farm with the help of a third-party donation in August of 2023. Ellie is the oldest and sassiest one of the herd, she is the dominant one and continues to take up for the others. Ellie will spit on anyone when she feels threatened or feels the others are in danger. Some say that Ellie stares at you like you owe her money. Ellie is very in your face and enjoys the attention. She is our most photogenic animal on the farm.
Paragon’s Cherry Bomb, who we call Cherry Bomb is a Huacaya alpaca breed. Cherry will be 10 years old on May 26th. Cherry and her “sisters”, Ellie and Honey came to the sanctuary at impact life farm with the help of a third-party donation in August of 2023. Cherry is the “mom” of the group, always laying outside of the stall protecting the others during the night. Cherry loves to be wet as you will always see her standing in the rain. Cherry is very affectionate as she loves to rest her head on your shoulder while you rub her neck. Cherry is just a big sweetheart.
Honey Perfection, who we call Honey for short is a Huacaya alpaca breed, she will be 5 years old June 3rd. Honey and her “sisters”, Ellie and Cherry came to the sanctuary at impact life farm with the help of a third-party donation in August of 2023. When you see Honey, you will know it’s her because there is always hay sticking out of her mouth at all times. Honey, being the baby of the group, relies significantly on the other two to protect her. Honey is very food motivated and loves to eat sweet feed. Honey’s personality is she marches to the beat of her own drum. Honey likes to “corn-cob”, lightly bite at everyone’s clothing, we think it’s her sign of affection.