Camphill Foundation Announces 2011 Grant Recepients

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Five grants totaling $120,000 plus a record $500,000 grant

Camphill Foundation, which through its donors’ support funds special projects, capital improvements and capacity building at and for the 14 Camphill communities in North America and select Camphill communities around the world, announced today the recipients of its 2011 grants.

The organizations that received the grants are:

Triform Camphill Community, Hudson, NY -- An intentional life sharing community offering residential and day programs to young adults with special needs, received $50,000 to fund the purchase and installation of a greenhouse, facilitating the expansion of educational and skill-building programs for both resident and day students.

Camphill Ghent, Ghent, NY -- An intergenerational community that integrates seniors of most frailty and ability levels and seniors with developmental disabilities with long-term volunteers and their families, received $29,500 to train 30 coworkers as Home Health Aides in assisted living and fragile care settings, as required by state regulations. Located on 110 acres in Columbia county, Camphill Ghent will officially open its doors in the fall of 2011, offering 71 units of housing designed to serve seniors of all income levels, and including adult care housing, “co-housing”, and independent living options.

Oakwood Lifesharing, West Plains, MO – The only intentional life sharing community working with and for individuals with special needs in the Ozarks, Oakwood received $20,000 to renovate a community residence for a new coworker family and add a garden workshop for its growing day and residential program.

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA – A nurturing residential community where adults with developmental disabilities live, learn and work together with professional caregivers and volunteers, received $10,000 towards its capital campaign for the construction of a community assembly room.

Lokelani ‘Ohana, Wailuku, HI – An aspiring Camphill community serving 60-100 people weekly in their farm and weaving day programs on Maui, Lokelani ‘Ohana received $9,500 to erect two water tanks to support a year-round irrigation system at its biodynamic farm.

"The recipients of our grants are undoubtedly exceptional communities whose anthroposophical mission continues to have a tangible, transformative impact on our society,” said Camphill Foundation’s Executive Director Shelley Burtt. "Our Foundation is proud to recognize them. It is our hope that these grants will help position them for long-term growth and enable them to generate an even greater impact in the years ahead."

Ms. Burtt also explained that Camphill Foundation has made its largest grant ever to The Transition Program at Beaver Farm , a pre-vocational program designed to close the existing gap in quality educational services for students with developmental disabilities aged eighteen to twenty-one. The Foundation grant has supplied a total of $500,000 over three years towards the capital needs of this highly successful program, which has grown to serve 20 students on a new farm-based campus near the Camphill Special School in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania.

About Camphill Foundation
Camphill is a worldwide movement that offers transformative living experiences for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Our vibrant life sharing communities value the profound significance of each human being and practice an art of daily living, grounded in the principles of Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy, in which people with and without disabilities strive together to reach their full potential. The mission of the Camphill Foundation is to grow, strengthen and safeguard the Camphill movement in North America, funding special projects, capital improvements and capacity building at and for the 14 Camphill communities in North America and select Camphill communities around the world. For more information visit http://www.camphillfoundation.org

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