We are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life. During this time, I wanted to reach out and update you on how we’re dealing with this situation at The Barn.
First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. All of us at The Barn are focused on the health and safety of the children we serve and their families, as well as our animals, staff, volunteers and supporters- not to mention the community at-large.
Mr. Chris continues to come to work at The Barn daily to feed and tend to the animals, assisted by barn helpers Kathy and Alexa who help out on Mr. Chris’s off days. Miss Annie and I are busy working from home; however, we dearly miss the activity of our animals, volunteers and children.
At this time we have suspended our Individual Programs until further notice. Like you, we are tuned-in to the latest updates from our regional, state and national experts, which seem to change by the hour. For this reason we are unable to predict a date when we expect to resume business as usual. We recently made the tough decision to cancel our Spring Fling on April 4 and, although we are full steam ahead with preparations for this summer’s Camp Geronimo, we realize that we must remain flexible depending upon what the future brings.
To keep you and your family connected to life at The Barn, Mr. Chris will be regularly posting images and videos of our critters, so be sure to check Facebook regularly. We will also be live streaming our Baby-doll sheep – Sam and Samantha – as they get their spring haircuts! Again, we’ll be sure to announce this on Facebook ahead of time so you can tune in to watch.
Today reminds us that we’re all connected like never before. We’re called upon to be our best selves, with patience, understanding and compassion. All of us at The Barn are persevering right along with you at this challenging time. We’ll get through this together.
As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and know that we always value your questions, ideas and feedback.
Stay safe and well,
CHECK OUT OUR VIRTUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER!
Over 70 guests gathered online on Sunday, April 19 to experience Camp Geronimo, hear from The Barn founder, Mary Beth Drobish and President, Sharon Cichocki, and enjoy an insightful presentation by acclaimed researcher, clinician, teacher, and Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Andrew M. Hoffman, D.V.M., D.V. If you couldn’t join us, click here… Read more »
Congratulations to Vice President Heather Carlino!
Heather Carlino has been recognized as a 2019 Healthcare Hero by Mainline Today. “By day, Heather Carlino is a clinical lecturer at Penn’s pediatric acute care nurse practitioner program. Her other passion is Spring Brook Farm, a West Chester-based nonprofit that provides animal therapy and other activities for kids ages 6-12 with autism, cerebral palsy,… Read more »
First Crew to the Rescue!
Thank you to the First Crew team who selflessly gave up their Saturday on June 8 to make improvements to The Barn’s exteriors. Just in time for the start of Camp Geronimo, First Crew installed new handrails along the ramps leading to the Tree House and the barn and put new tops and seats on… Read more »
Miss Piggy featured on The View
Our dear Miss Piggy was recently featured in an interview with abc’s The View co-host, Sara Haines. Please check out her performance! It was such an honor for The Barn to be showcased this way.
Susan Elko, Board President, Honored by the CCFWG
The Barn at Spring Brook Farm’s Board President and cherished friend, Susan Elko, was honored on May 4th with the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls’ Kitchen Table Award. CCFWG established the Kitchen Table Award in 2011 to honor a Chester County woman who has made substantive contributions through service and/or philanthropy to improve… Read more »
The Barn is featured on PHL17’s IN FOCUS: Autism Awareness
Make sure you check out Emily McClure, our Executive Director, and Dr. Page Buck from West Chester University as they share the work of The Barn on PHL17’s April 21st edition of IN FOCUS: Autism Awareness. The Eagles organization is in the spotlight for their Eagles Autism Challenge taking place on Saturday, May 19th at Lincoln… Read more »
The Barn featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer
New research is finding animals may help kids on the autism spectrum relate to other people Sabrina Opstbaum wasn’t expecting miracles when she started taking her daughter Reegan to the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, an animal-assisted intervention program for special needs children in West Chester. Like many kids on the autism spectrum, Reegan didn’t seem… Read more »
The Barn in The Philadelphia Inquirer
At The Barn, farm animals give kids with disabilities a boost October 21, 2016 — Mary Clayton watched her daughter, Alannah, 10, stride confidently through the Barn at Spring Brook Farm and head to the pasture to walk her favorite miniature horse, Dreamer, while telling the filly about the week that had passed since her… Read more »
The Barn in The Daily Local News!
POCOPSON >> Two years ago, the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, a facility that provides animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities, was all set to close. Codes officers found violations at the facility that would cost upward of $100,000 after a neighbor complained of noise… Read more here!