Our all volunteer board is made up of mental health professionals, adults with chronic mental illnesses (consumers), their families and interested citizens.
CVN’s mission is to “Assist persons with mental health needs.” Our vision is to assist adults through a comprehensive set of programs. These programs will help improve the ability of people with mental illness to develop coping skills that will enhance and expand their daily lives.
We will encourage them to achieve a more independent status making it possible for them to function and live independently.
Our ultimate vision is to provide programs in a sustainable therapeutic farm community where the persons we assist will live, have opportunities to work, and share in a safe, caring, culturally responsive, and sustainable environment.
Gould Farm, in Massachusetts, is the oldest operating therapeutic farm in the United States. When Casas de Vida Nueva founding member, Charlotte Back, placed her son there -she wondered why there was no such facility in New Mexico. This began her dream to create Casas de Vida Nueva. (CVN). It is based on three priorities:
A rural farm setting where residents, staff and interns live on-site. They work, learn, share meals, care for animals and the farm together, creating a sense of interdependency. The foundations of the community will be built around empowerment, sense of purpose, and self-determination. The community will provide an array of services including links to more independent living in affiliate homes upon graduation, respite care for those who wish to return for brief stays, and holiday gatherings.
CVN will offer traditional mental health therapies including psychiatric care and personal medication education, along with other innovative therapies to assist in recovery. Daily exercise for the body, mind and spirit will be encouraged. Those living on the farm will eat healthy, homegrown and home-cooked organic food.
Respect for the earth and each other will manifest through collaborative participation in the permaculture activities of the farm community. The community will be designed in synergy with the high desert ecology of New Mexico – utilizing solar energy, water recycling, and renewable and non-toxic building materials.
CVN has received a gift of approximately 15 irrigated acres of farmland.Casas de Vida Nueva has developed a strong base of support, and a volunteer board of professionals, family members and consumers of mental health services. We ask that you consider investing in this socially and environmentally responsible project. Please contact us for information, to discuss donations, or to arrange a presentation by one of our board members.