Hannah & Friends Farm Opens for First Residents

The organization founded by Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis and wife Maura took a big step yesterday. Hannah & Friends Farm, a residential community for individuals with special needs, welcomed its first residents with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It was a significant event for the Hannah & Friends Foundation, which started in recognition of the Weis’ daughter Hannah, who has been affected by developmental disorders. (Check out the accompanying video for the background on Hannah & Friends).

“When Hannah and Friends was founded six years ago, a target date of 2015 was envisioned for the opening of the Farm,” explained Weis, chair and founder of the organization. “The incredible generosity of both the Michiana community and the Notre Dame family has been overwhelming, and we feel blessed to be able to welcome four special women to our community.”

While the Farm has been hosting events for over a year, the four women moving into the Peter Schivarelli and Chicago Home will be the first full-time residents of the 40-plus acre property located in Northern Indiana.

Fundraising continues for the construction of additional residential homes as well as a respite home for families and a community therapeutic pool.

A waiting list for future residents is already growing. A neighborhood of four-bedroom homes will enable residents to integrate their lives into both the Farm’s operation and the greater Michiana community. Mosaic, a faith-based national organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities, manages the home’s direct support professionals and administration (Hannah & Friends).