Penrith Farms is a Failure to Launch Program for Young Adults located on 320 acres of timber and farmland in Eastern Washington. We began as a foster care service for the State of Washington in 1983. Over time we transformed into a community where young men and women transition from adolescence to adulthood and independent living. Young adults join a community devoted to personal commitment, communication, and self-discovery. Here they learn the value of honest, respect, trust, and work. We achieve our goals using a positive peer culture. So students are responsible for encouraging each other to succeed and be accountable.
The nature of Penrith Farms allows us to connect with students and form a relationship. Constructive mentoring requires trust which forms the basis of our relationships. Without trust mentoring becomes a word game where core issues are never resolved. So rather than treating symptoms, we use trust and respect to get to the root of core issues. Penrith Farms is flexible and we tailor curriculum to the needs of each individual. Our structure enables us to apply different techniques in addressing any challenges. Where daily opportunities assist students in understanding the outcomes of their choices.
Our structure evolves as the community changes whether it be staff or client. This evolution creates an environment where adaptation becomes a learning process. That is to say: what works for one might not work for another whether that be a person or a situation. We model the “World at Large” without the consequences involved with inappropriate conduct. This model gives the opportunity to learn from mistakes in a safe environment.
Jim and Sherry Brewster both grew up in Marin County in the San Francisco Bay area. They followed different paths in life before meeting one another in 1967. Sherry started attending San Francisco State in 1960 studying Creative Writing and Psychology. She went on to be a private preschool teacher from 1962 until 1964. Meanwhile, Jim served in the Navy and then the Army where he became a helicopter pilot and officer. He spent two tours in Vietnam before coming home and meeting Sherry in 1967. Together they went on to start the Chinese House in San Francisco in 1969 providing a halfway house. Eventually they moved to Newport Washington where they founded Penrith Farms. Then in 1983, they started providing foster care services for the State of Washington DSHS. In 2000, they became a private organization. Now they help troubled young adults transition into independent living and adulthood.
They want to help young adults at risk of failing to launch. By providing them with the skills and confidence to succeed in a competitive society. To develop self-esteem, work ethics, psychosocial skills, and emotional intelligence. In the end, develop independent adults that are productive responsible members of society with a sense of identity.