It is our mission to bring together a community of service minded individuals, for the benefit of people with Down syndrome and those willing to serve them. Giving each opportunities for productive and purposeful lives.
Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Down At The Farm provides the perfect rural country setting for individuals with Down syndrome to live, work, learn and have their needs met and heard. We have created a safe atmosphere full of friends and family where everyone can be productive and learn new skills. We hope you join us down at the farm.
Our Vision is rooted in relationship, belonging and community. We aim to foster mutual care, respect, and compassion between people with and without Down syndrome, while breaking down barriers between those who serve and those who may need to be served. Living, working and learning in harmony, we will share joys and accomplishments amo
Our Vision is rooted in relationship, belonging and community. We aim to foster mutual care, respect, and compassion between people with and without Down syndrome, while breaking down barriers between those who serve and those who may need to be served. Living, working and learning in harmony, we will share joys and accomplishments among those living within and around the community. Participating in transformative experiences, sharing our strengths and weaknesses and using our gifts for the good of all.
Kim is the mother of two children with Down Syndrome, whom she adopted as a single parent. Over the past 26 years, Kim has actively advocated for both of her children, and many others. Kim's advocacy was and still remains a full time job. Kim has granted wishes for individuals with Down Syndrome for the past 10 years. From raising money to purchase iPad’s to trips to Disney World, Kim has worked to grant all forms of wishes. Besides raising her children and helping others Kim works part-time as a CT scan specialist. She has two licensing certifications, one as a radiology technologist and the other certification in CT. Additionally, Kim received her BA in psychology from Fordham University and has been working in the medical field for over 40 years.
Sean grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia where he had several neighbors with Down syndrome. During college he volunteered for a week-long summer camp focused on fostering inclusion and promoting independence for individuals with Down syndrome and their peers. It was during this time that he noticed the extraordinarily kind and wholesome nature of those with Down syndrome and developed strong ties to the community. He is passionate about creating inclusive opportunities for those with special needs to share their many gifts and live fulfilling lives. He is very excited to be a part of the Down at the Farm team and hopes to see the organization grow and open its doors to many members of the Down syndrome community.
Katerina grew up in upstate New York in the same town as founder Kim and her daughter Judy with whom Katerina went to high school with. Katerina has always been interested in helping others and was part of a high school club that collected dimes to help Judy's "Dimes for Downs" fundraiser. It was then that Katerina realized the true meaning of helping others. Recently, Katerina has had the opportunity to get to know Kim and Judy and learn how she can help them help others. She has been an active supporter of fundraising efforts and enjoys to help anyway she can. Katerina currently studies Biology at SUNY Geneseo where she will graduate this year. Outside of college, Katerina is a Rugby player and an EMT where she continues to help others. Katerina is so excited to sit on the board of Down At The Farm so she can help others!
Judy’s career started young when she was just 2 years old and started modeling. Judy’s first job landed her the cover of Baby Talk magazine, then a commercial for Visiting nurses of New York at 5 and then a small movie part at 6 called My Brother all while working on other smaller print ads for Toys R Us. Judy’s mom started an organization called Gifts From the Heart For Downs when Judy started her own fundraiser called Dimes for Downs at the age of 12. Judy has presently raised over 600,000 dimes to date. At the age of 15 Judy was recognized for her efforts by the Disney Channel who featured her in their segment Make Your Mark which ran on the Disney Channel for two years and went up for an Daytime Emmy Award which Judy attended. Several years later Judy was surprised by being on the Jimmy Fallon Show and meeting Tim Tebow all while in the background a book was being worked on that later Judy would be also featured in and was published in September of 2020, recognizing teens who are changing the world in a book called No Voice To Small. Judy’s story was put into print and written as a poem again making the news.
Today Judy presently sits on the board of Down at the Farm, continues to collect dimes and is excited about working on helping to get the farm up and running with her mom.