By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Space Coast residents are encouraged to help pave the way to an amazing future for Promise in Brevard.
On Friday, Aug. 2, Betsy Farmer and her son, Luke, co-founders of Promise in Brevard, closed on Phase I of III, purchasing 10.1 parcels of land. In total, Ms. Farmer and her team plan to purchase a total of 39 acres of land off Norfolk Parkway in West Melbourne for the future site of Promise in Brevard.
In order to help purchase the two remaining parcels of land, Promise in Brevard is launching the "Pathways to Promise Brick by Brick" campaign.
"Our goal is to raise $1 million to buy the remaining two parcels of our 39-acre campus in West Melbourne," Ms. Farmer said. "Friday's purchase is where the housing will be built, along with a hydroponic garden and horse barns and stables."
As future residents walk along the sidewalks on the future Promise campus, engraved bricks will line the walkways, and many have already been purchased.
"The Pathways to Promise campaign is kicking off now," Ms. Farmer said. "The thought process was to line the sidewalks throughout the campus, so our future residents could see how many people love them and wanted to help make their dream come true."
Ms. Farmer said that, for 25 years, the Space Coast community has helped support her efforts in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. Her newest venture was to establish Promise, a place for people with and without disabilities to live and thrive. The Promise campus will be a safe, all-inclusive housing complex.
Ms. Farmer and her Promise Dream Team, made up of future Promise residents, envision the facility to feature a variety of floor plans, a wheel-chair accessible pool, hot tub, putt-putt golf course, and computer lab, as well as a dog park, hydroponic garden and nursery, arcade, hair and nail salon, video production, culinary arts program and the Promise Café and Bakery, among other amenities.
The goal is for Promise residents to work and thrive within the Promise community and out in the Brevard community.
"The bricks will be a daily reminder for all of our future residents," Ms. Farmer said. "We want them to feel loved each and every day."
There is no project quite like Promise in Brevard throughout the country. While there are similar housing units, Ms. Farmer said that the future Promise campus will be different and has the potential to reach thousands and serve as a model for similar projects throughout the world.
"We are partnering with Florida Tech, and students from the college will serve as resident assistants to those who live at the Promise campus," Ms. Farmer added. "We will have a strong emphasis on employment. There will also be eight different businesses run by Promise for residents to work at."
Promise in Brevard will open its first resident-run business this September -- Promise Treasures Thrift Shoppe, in the Metro West Plaza at the intersection of U.S. 192 and Wickham Road.
Bricks for the "Pathways to Promise" campaign can be purchased for $100, $250 and $500, with wall tiles available for donors, who contribute $1,000 or more.
"People who purchase bricks for our campus can choose where they would like the brick to go," Ms. Farmer said. "People can also purchase bricks in honor or memory of loved ones."
Ms. Farmer said that Promise in Brevard would apply for tax credits and funding through the state to help build the campus in November.
"We need people to jump on board; to show community support," she said. "If we could sell thousands of bricks, the state will see that we truly have the support of our community.
The "Pathways to Promise" campaign is ongoing. Ms. Farmer said that, with 39 acres of land to cover, people are encouraged to purchase as many bricks as they choose and do so as soon as possible.
"This is truly making a difference," Ms. Farmer said. "Our residents will have an opportunity of a lifetime. Promise is a dream come true for them, as well as their families."
For more information, or to purchase a brick, contact Betsy Farmer at (321) 536-7062, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.promiseinbrevard.com.