WELCOME TO PENRITH FARMS
Penrith Farms is a Failure to Launch Program for Young Adults located on 320 acres of timber and farmland in Eastern Washington. We began as a foster care service for the State of Washington in 1983. Over time we transformed into a community where young men and women transition from adolescence to adulthood and independent living. Young adults join a community devoted to personal commitment, communication, and self-discovery. Here they learn the value of honest, respect, trust, and work. We achieve our goals using a positive peer culture. So students are responsible for encouraging each other to succeed and be accountable.
The nature of Penrith Farms allows us to connect with students and form a relationship. Constructive mentoring requires trust which forms the basis of our relationships. Without trust mentoring becomes a word game where core issues are never resolved. So rather than treating symptoms, we use trust and respect to get to the root of core issues. Penrith Farms is flexible and we tailor curriculum to the needs of each individual. Our structure enables us to apply different techniques in addressing any challenges. Where daily opportunities assist students in understanding the outcomes of their choices.
Our structure evolves as the community changes whether it be staff or client. This evolution creates an environment where adaptation becomes a learning process. That is to say: what works for one might not work for another whether that be a person or a situation. We model the “World at Large” without the consequences involved with inappropriate conduct. This model gives the opportunity to learn from mistakes in a safe environment.
MEET THE FOUNDERS OF PENRITH FARMS
Jim and Sherry Brewster both grew up in Marin County in the San Francisco Bay area. They followed different paths in life before meeting one another in 1967. Sherry started attending San Francisco State in 1960 studying Creative Writing and Psychology. She went on to be a private preschool teacher from 1962 until 1964. Meanwhile, Jim served in the Navy and then the Army where he became a helicopter pilot and officer. He spent two tours in Vietnam before coming home and meeting Sherry in 1967. Together they went on to start the Chinese House in San Francisco in 1969 providing a halfway house. Eventually they moved to Newport Washington where they founded Penrith Farms. Then in 1983, they started providing foster care services for the State of Washington DSHS. In 2000, they became a private organization. Now they help troubled young adults transition into independent living and adulthood.
They want to help young adults at risk of failing to launch. By providing them with the skills and confidence to succeed in a competitive society. To develop self-esteem, work ethics, psychosocial skills, and emotional intelligence. In the end, develop independent adults that are productive responsible members of society with a sense of identity.
PENRITH FARMS MAIN GOALS
Communication is a means of connection between people to convey ideas and feelings. At Penrith Farms we look for honest communication of feelings in a safe environment. Many residents communicate their feelings non-verbally and deny they have them. This is because they are used to not expressing them or have never felt comfortable to express them. This non-expression creates frustration and some of the problems transitioning into adulthood.
Cooperation is the process of working together to the same end. Oppositional defiant students need to have control over something in their lives. So being uncooperative is one method of acquiring such control. But this behavior ends up making it impossible to transition into adulthood. At Penrith Farms we help entitled young adults discover ways to feel in control with our Life Skills Program.
Completion is the process of finishing something. Some individuals struggle with completion. This struggle can be high school, a college course, or even a simple task. Sometimes this is due to a lack of success with projects. It could be due to a sense of entitlement or lack of motivation. Or it might be due to low self-esteem so they feel it is better to exclude oneself than fail. This can translate over into relationships i.e. it is better to be exclude oneself than be rejected. This is the crux of failure to launch. The inability to complete tasks or projects leads to an inability to live independently, and completion directly ties into communication and cooperation. Both are needed to achieve completion. At Penrith Farms we will not only build confidence but self-esteem in students. Thus allowing them to overcome their challenges.
PENRITH FARMS STUDENT HOUSING
P2 was built in 1897 and it is Pend Oreille County’s second oldest house. We renovated the interior and exterior to maintain the home’s original appearance. The three-story home is complete with three shared bedrooms. Also including a dining room, a full kitchen, a living room, and two full bathrooms.
The Drake has two shared and one single bedroom. It also includes two-bathrooms, a full kitchen, a dining room and a living room. We built the ranch-style house on the edge of a lush pasture and is beside a seasonal creek. The home has also undergone a complete restoration and includes modern amenities.
The Hilton is a three shared and one single bedroom, two-bathroom home. It also has its own full kitchen, a dining room and a living room. It is atop a hillside overlooking the main campus giving the young women more privacy.