The core purpose for the Freedom Farm for Vets has always been to support veterans in need, no matter what the need may be. In the early years of the farm, veterans were in need of furniture for apartment living, equipment for daily living and they had no where to turn. The farm contacted families of other veterans and families in support of the farm and collected needed furniture for veterans ‘getting back in their feet’. The cost? Pay it forward… give to your brothers in arms what you have to give when you no longer need it.
During the first year, a great working relationship with Mr. Mike Peck of the Lake County Veteran’s Association was established. A veteran was in need of a motorized wheel chair, and a manual one to replace his old one. The farm contacted Mr. Peck, who had one as yet unclaimed. The veteran had waited almost 2 years for a wheelchair to get him to appointments and get around his home. He also received a handicapped van to transport himself to the VA and beyond. He was charged nothing and was extremely grateful. It just took someone to step up to do some ‘leg work’ to make a connection and find him what he needed.
The families of veterans have always been considered as a most important part of our military. The wives and children are always welcome to come to visit the animals and the gardens, to learn about how a small farm functions. Although riding the horses is not an option for small children, feeding them and learning about them is truly educational. Horses have been an integral part of the farm since its inception and continue to serve all the veterans that come for a visit.
Active duty military from Great Lakes Naval Base have been welcomed for many years now. The 6-10 recruits come to help with ‘farm chores’ and are treated to a day out of uniform and a picnic of grilled burgers, brats or whatever is on the grill, chips, desert and a nap in the sun. These days for the recruits are special, as so many are far from home and feel like they are out in the country, even thought they are only 20 minutes from the base.
Along with many other projects, the freedom Farm has received grants from The Home Depot to help in housing repairs and improvements for veterans and their families. In one case, two bothers from recent combat, returned and were home bound. The townhouse they were living in had leaking faucets and structural issues. The Freedom Farm was informed of their needs and got the grant to get repairs done for them. During the repair process, black mold was discovered and the project, though much bigger than first expected, was completed and the brothers live in a safe an functional environment now.
The Freedom Farm for Vets was established in January, 2010, at which time they applied for non-profit status. The non-profit 501C-3 accreditation was received in November, 2010. The premise of the farm was to create a place for veterans, active duty and retired, and their families to come to enjoy the peace of a working farm. It began with a barn, built by a WWII veteran in the 1970’s, an organic garden and two horses. It has grown from there, with a focus to assist veterans, and their families, in any way they can. The successes have been varied and greatly appreciated by the recipients. In the next few months, we will review the programs and post available photos.
As always, your support for a unique and successful non-profit organization for veterans is greatly appreciated.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Spc Christopher Patterson Memorial Bike Ride as we ride to raise awareness for the Foundation and support the ideals of Christopher, “For God, For Country, For Music”. Registration opens at 8 AM, with KSU up 10 AM. After the ride, we will return to the VFW for the after party, including food provided by VeteransQ, raffle items, a gun raffle, live entertainment provided by Dupage Band and more!
Registration opens at 8 AM
KSU up 10 AM
Party after at VFW 1197 food provided by VeteransQ, raffle items, a gun raffle, live entertainment and more!
Bike/Car Driver $30.00
Post Party Only $15.00
Freedom Farm for Vets is holding a gun raffle, there are only 500 tickets being sold for $10 each. The drawing will be held on April 15th at 7pm, winner will be notified via phone. All proceeds from this raffle will go back into the Farm to keep us operating. Tickets are available at the Freedom Farm 13155 W Hart Street Wadsworth, Il 60083. Please feel free to message us on here, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 224-399-7464 with any questions. Thank you for your continued support.
Sunday, October 14th we held our annual Fall Festival at the Freedom Farm. The weather held out this year for us, making it a cool but wonderful day on the Farm. If you were able to come out and spend some time with us on the Farm and see what we are all about, thank you for joining us! If you didn’t make it this year, we welcome you to the Farm anytime! Thank you to Patch 22 for bringing their ponies again this year and donating pony rides for a few hours. Thank you to Lake County Farm Heritage Association for spending your afternoon with us as well as donating your barrel train rides. It was such a wonderful afternoon: we had games for the kids, pumpkin painting (paint a pumpkin that we will delivery to the VA on our Rose Delivery Sunday Halloween Week), we had a wonderful band who kept our guests entertained and dancing to such tunes as Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” . Thank you to Lake County Harm Heritage Associate as well as the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation for your donations to our organization. We thank you to all who came out and spent the afternoon with us, to all of our volunteers who helped get ready for the event and most importantly to our Veterans and their families, we are here for you! For photos from the event, please click on the following link to our Facebook page, if you have any photos you would like added, please message us on the Facebook page or send them to: email@example.com.