San Damiano House & Farm
Last Fall, St. Christopher’s Inn and the Friars of Atonement opened San Damiano House & Farm at Graymoor. Up to 24 men who have completed treatment at St. Christopher’s Inn now have an option to remain longer on the Holy Mountain, living in the San Damiano House, which once served as the Friars Novitiate. While in residence at the house, the men work on San Damiano Farm, allowing them to gain experience in farming and retail, resulting in new marketable vocational skills that will help to facilitate long term recovery and restore a sense of self-worth.
The San Damiano Farm produces fresh herbs and vegetables, which helps to offset the cost of acquiring food for the over 400 people who eat daily on the Holy Mountain. Organic produce, flowers, and Christmas trees are also available for purchase to the local community through Farmer’s Markets and local food stands. In addition, the farm manager plans to work with “Farm to Table” restaurants to provide locally grown organic produce.
Sandra Iberger, Executive Director/CEO of St. Christopher’s Inn, shared, “San Damiano House & Farm is a supportive environment, and part of the continuum of care for Brothers Christopher who do not have a community living situation that is safe enough to support their recovery after discharge.”
San Damiano House & Farm affords these men a transitionary period before returning to their communities. During their stay, they continue to receive counseling services (group and individual) while working on the farm. Before leaving the men secure employment, or choose to pursue educational training, in addition to obtaining permanent housing.