'They need a safe place': Humanity Project creating peaceful oasis for clients
HALIFAX -- The Humanity Project has big plans for an old piece of farm land in New Brunswick, where they not only plan to grow food, but also self-esteem.
The not-for-profit corporation recently purchased a 160-acre piece of land in Little River, N.B. where they plan to make a peaceful oasis for those they are helping.
"On this side, we're going to clear out some of this and we're going to put little tiny homes so people can have a place to live with dignity, respect and a little bit of privacy," said Charlie Burrell with The Humanity Project.
"A fully working farm where people can come and get their lives back together."
Burrell says the systems currently in place just aren’t working. He believes a new approach is needed.
"They need a safe place. They need a long-term program that isn’t seven to 10 days or just a month or two. Then they're back on the streets again or they're released back into the shelter to be around people they used to use with," explained Burrell.
Instead, Burrell says they'll be able to come to the farm where they can set their own goals.
"We're going to work on each person individually to set up their goals, what they determine as success," said Burrell.
"Not what you or I determine as success, whether that's getting a job or reuniting with their loved ones."
During a time of a global pandemic where the number of people in need of help has increased, Burrell believes there couldn’t be a better time to get their project rolling.
"We started thinking about how to secure food for the future and we started looking at farming because if you grow it and you raise it yourself, it's a lot easier to produce your own food," explained Burrell.
The individuals who purchased the property wish to remain anonymous.
Burrell says anonymous or not, the generosity will help and heal countless amounts of people.
"One of them told me, 'I can't come pull carrots out of the garden but I can write you a cheque to get that garden going'," said Burrell.
Burrell expects to start welcoming people to the farm this spring. He says people have already approached him about being a part of the program.