Rest & Retreats for Families Impacted by Special Needs

The Hopeful Farm Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in Kentucky in 2008 and received 501(c)(3) status on Oct. 23, 2009 (effective July 30, 2008). The organization is currently in search of donated land in or around the Fayette County area upon which to build an all-access retreat center for families impacted by special needs. For more information, see our vision and mission statements and objectives.

The Hopeful Farm Foundation supports and strengthens families impacted by special needs – enhancing the quality of life for individuals with special needs and offering rejuvenation and resources to those who love and care for them.

We work to fulfill our vision by providing an all-access environment in which families impacted by special needs can find time to focus on each other, build relationships, and gain renewal in an escape from the grind of everyday life.
To accomplish our mission, we strive to fulfill the following objectives:

Create and maintain Hopeful Farm, a Kentucky-based first-class, full-service, year-round retreat center designed to promote inclusion and provide a barrier-free experience to individuals with special needs.

Provide recreational experiences to individuals with special needs that are equal to or better than those available to able-bodied individuals.

Help families acquire the emotional and spiritual strength needed to face present and future challenges, offering premiere Christian counseling to guests at no additional cost.

Reveal to each family the recuperative values of sharing experiences and caring for each other.

Promote personal health and wellness through a variety of therapeutic activities such as art, music, animal therapy, and occasional guest speakers and specialized retreats.

Maintain affordable rates and financial support for those who find such rates to be cost-prohibitive.

From the Founder

The Hopeful Farm Foundation was founded by Claire Novak, an award-winning Turf writer whose family was impacted by the birth and death of her brother, Nicholas, in 1998. Born with the genetic disorder Trisomy 13, Nicholas only lived for a week – but he inspired Novak to work with children with special needs throughout her teen years. She became a therapeutic riding instructor with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH) and also trained therapy horses to work with children with special needs, volunteering much of her time to that worthwhile cause.

Claire has combined her love for horses with her compassion for individuals impacted by special needs. In 2008 her dream became a reality when a dedicated group of individuals came together to form the Hopeful Farm Foundation.

-Claire Novak

Hopeful Farm Founder