Dutton Farm is a certified non profit organization that serves individuals with a mental, physical or emotional impairment(s) in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. We strive to develop a sense of accomplishment in our students, bring support to their families and inspire our community. Our program curriculum focuses on enhancing Independent Living Skills, Vocational/Job Skills training, cultivating fulfilling relationships, offering spiritual care and providing an opportunity for disability employment through our on site store front and Micro Enterprise Program. We also provide a Summer Camp that many families depend on for their disabled son or daughter during the summer months. We opened our doors in 2010 with 4 individuals enrolled in our program, and less than 4 years later, we are honored to be serving more than 150 individuals per month.
Individuals with disabilities are extremely vulnerable and are over 70% more likely to be mistreated and abused than individuals that are non disabled. Quality ministries that understand how to best serve the disabled community are extremely necessary but very rare in a culture that has a fundamental fear of disability where we see that 9 out of 10 babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. Still, 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with Autism today and there are over 200 group homes in Oakland County alone. Many of these adults with disabilities don't have many options and don't get the opportunities that many of us take for granted, such as; driving a car, getting married, going to college or being a mother or father. Despite these overwhelming disappointments, joy and peace abounds with my friends at Dutton Farm. We firmly believe that we serve an intentional God who is brimming over with purpose and precision, and when the God of the universe said that, "I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future", He was including even the most severely disabled person, and at Dutton Farm, we are vessels that help find and cultivate that purpose for disabled individuals.
Recently, many of our farmers have had their funding cut from agencies that help provide services that will help people with disabilities function in society. Because of these funding cuts, many of our enrolled farmers will not be able to afford our summer camp tuition. We charge the lowest amount possible just to be able to keep our doors open. What's more, is that my friends are looking at an even bigger cut in October, 14 million to be exact. Michigan legislation has increased their spending for Community Health in FY14 by 11%, but managed to cut "special populations" by 35%. We easily decided that we will continue to welcome all of our enrolled farmers with open arms whether they can afford it or not. We will be walking by faith that the Lord is our provider. We have created this page to raise funding for our farmers that will not be able to afford our summer camp this year and to continue to be a beacon of hope in the disabled community. Even if you can only afford $5 or simply just share this page to all of your friends and family, we would so appreciate your support to the "least of these." Thank you!