Hopewell

A therapeutic farm community for adults with mental illness in Mesopotamia, Ohio.

Meditative walking maze at Hopewell in Mesopotamia, Ohio Sorting vegetables at Hopewell therapeutic farm community in Mesopotamia, Ohio Conservatory building lit up at night at Hopewell therapeutic farm community in Mesopotamia, Ohio
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Hopewell is a residential treatment community located on a 300-acre working farm in Mesopotamia, Ohio. Here, adults who have been diagnosed with forms of mental illness experience success, find a life of purpose, and feel hope.

Program type:  Farm/work-based Location:  Mesopotamia, OH Environment:  Single rooms in a comfortable rural setting Number of residents:  44 Gender:  All Ages:  18+
Conditions treated include:
Schizophrenia Schizoaffective disorder Bipolar disorder Major depression Other forms of serious mental illness
Services include:
Group counseling Medication management Interpersonal relationship skills Independent living skills (meal planning, shopping, cooking, healthy living) Education (high school diploma program and GED preparation, money management) Creative expression Equine-assisted learning and horsemanship (all on the ground; no riding) Nature studies Meditation Spirituality Transition services

Hope and Healing for Adults with Mental Illness

Nestled in the heart of Amish country is a beacon of hope for adults struggling with mental illness. This therapeutic community, located on 300-arces of sprawling farmland in Mesopotamia, Ohio is fittingly named Hopewell. At Hopewell, adults struggling with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other psychiatric disorders can find peace and have an opportunity to recover and heal.

Horse therapy at Hopewell in Ohio

Founded by Clara Rankin and a dedicated board, Hopewell has been helping its residents believe in their own potential and develop coping skills to manage their mental illness since 1996. It is one of the few therapeutic farm communities in the nation and the only one located in Ohio. Hopewell’s working farm includes housing for farm animals, a sugar house, a large indoor greenhouse, and the Farm and Craft Market, where residents learn vocational skills as they sell Hopewell-produced eggs, vegetables, maple syrup and crafts.

Farm animals at Hopewell in Mesopotamia, OH

Focused Mental Health Treatment for Greater Independence

At Hopewell, adults with mental health issues can leave behind the stress and chaos they may be experiencing in their current living situation. Instead, they immerse themselves in the duties of taking care of a farm. From picking fresh produce in the garden to feeding chickens, Hopewell residents explore all aspects of farm life. But their efforts yield much more than fresh eggs and baled hay. Residents discover strengths they didn’t know they had, experience new roles, learn new skills, gain job readiness, and build self-esteem.

Playing music at Hopewell in Ohio Fishing on the lake at Hopewell

As they learn to better cope with the symptoms of their mental illness, Hopewell residents become better prepared to thrive in more independent settings. An important focus of the healing Hopewell provides is teaching people with mental illness the skills they need to transition to a become more self-reliant and less dependent upon psychiatric services. Over time, more than 70% of Hopewell residents have successfully moved into settings that offer them more independence.

Certifications and Mental Health Research Projects

Hopewell is licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and was the first therapeutic farm community in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for Therapeutic Community: Mental Health (Adults). Hopewell is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Mental health research projects are carried out at Hopewell through a partnership with Case Western Reserve University.

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