Proposal seeks to establish farm for young homeless

Posted Feb. 03, 2011, at 8:58 p.m.

ROCKLAND,  Maine — A group of people who want to establish a farm where homeless young people could live, work and learn will meet Sunday, Feb. 6, to discuss the proposal.

“The energy is going into what the internal guts are going to look like,” organizer Tracy Rescigno said of her group.

Ideally, the “Where Do I Go Now: The Homeless Teen Awareness Project” will work under an existing nonprofit organization, Rescigno said. Sunday’s meeting was set up to discuss a timeline for the project and obtaining nonprofit status and potential grant funding. She also expects committees will be formed and that aspects of the farm will be discussed.

“There are so many different components. It would be a full-time living situation, counseling, there’s animal-assisted therapy,” she said. “There would be on-site education, a farm component, there are so many parts to this.”

The end result would be a farm where 12- to 24-year-olds could live while they complete their education and learn about farming. These experiences, according to Rescigno — who works on several area anti-homeless initiatives — would help the young people build life skills.

“Teen homelessness is an issue in our community, and it needs to be addressed. The involvement I have with that population and the committees I’m on and the stories that I hear, I’m convinced,” she said.

The meeting is set for 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at 69 Elm St. in Rockland.

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