More Than a Decade In the Making, Promise In Brevard Groundbreaking Set For Nov. 9

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BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – More than a decade in the making, the nonprofit organization Promise in Brevard is encouraging the community to attend its highly anticipated groundbreaking ceremony next Monday at 11 a.m.

Promise in Brevard is a place where young adults with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible.

Designed as a safe and affordable housing opportunity, Promise residents will be offered a variety of social, vocational and meaningful employment opportunities, designed to foster maximum self-sufficiency, while utilizing both public and private partnerships in order to develop a model community.

The vision for Promise was created in 2005, when Promise co-founders Betsy Farmer and her son, Luke, who will turn 30 the day after the groundbreaking, discovered the lack of housing, career and productive lifestyle options in the community for individuals with special needs.

Soon, they began talking with other parents and young adults with special needs and realized there were many families who had similar wants and needs.

Throughout the past several years, a group of future residents, known as “The Promise Dream Team” has worked alongside an architect and other design experts to help create a model that fulfills all of their dreams for their future home.

In Dec. 2014, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation awarded Promise $15.8 million in funding, which is 75 percent of the total project cost.

Betsy Farmer

Betsy Farmer

“This groundbreaking is the culmination of 10 years of hard work and dedication from our community, and we could not be more excited!” Ms. Farmer said.

“This project is going to change the lives of so many people, and we are looking forward to sharing the Promise vision with our community.”

The Promise in Brevard model not only features a variety of resort-style housing options, but also includes amenities such as an accessible pool and therapeutic spa; video productions program; equestrian center and covered riding arena; hydroponic garden; plant nursery; special needs-friendly hair and nail salon; culinary arts program; doggie daycare and dog park; special needs-friendly bed and breakfast; Promise Café and Bakery; vocational training and employment opportunities.

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The groundbreaking will be held on the 39-acre Promise property, located at 4105 Norfolk Parkway in West Melbourne.

Leaders and community members from Brevard County and beyond will be in attendance, while Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey will emcee the family-friendly event. Attendees will have the opportunity to show their support for the organization, learn more about Promise and its many social enterprises, as well as discover ways to get involved in the project.

For more information, or to RSVP for the groundbreaking, email PromiseInBrevardRSVP@gmail.com

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ABOVE MAP: More than a decade in the making, the nonprofit organization Promise in Brevard is encouraging the community to attend its highly anticipated groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The groundbreaking will be held on the 39-acre Promise property, located at 4105 Norfolk Parkway in West Melbourne.


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