Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm’s mission is to provide therapeutic, educational and recreational opportunities using horses and the working farm environment to help people achieve optimum quality of life.
To bring skills learned in the farm environment into a “real life” setting, Challenge Unlimited is pleased to announce the opening of its new Arts and Education Center.
The purpose of the center is to give children, teens and young adults education in everyday life skills that will encourage independence, self-confidence and social interaction.
More details about the Arts and Education Center
The downstairs of the Arts and Education Center houses an art room, a music room and a theater-arts room that can include exercise and movement therapies. The upstairs holds a teaching kitchen, a living/dining area and a bedroom for teens and young adults-in-transition to learn life skills. Among the skills to be taught are cooking, nutrition, health and hygiene, proper etiquette in a social environment, and independence. These will be combined with development of skills in the arts, exposure to cultural activities and general broadening of interests that can lead to improved quality of life. The center will contribute to our core mission by giving young people with disabilities a much needed venue to take their experience on the farm and with the horses into a home setting.
The upstairs also houses a large meeting room. Its purpose will be to host seminars for families of people with disabilities with professionals in applicable fields. It will give parents and guardians the opportunity to meet, learn about resources available for their loved ones, and create a community of caring.
The A&E Center is actively seeking to hire a director to manage the house and the activities described above. Click here for a job description. Questions can be directed to Challenge Unlimited Executive Director Deedee O’Brien by phone at 978-502-0916 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org/a>.