Welcome to Penrith

Penrith Farms is a Young Adult Program settled on 320 acres of timber and farmland in Eastern Washington. We began as a foster care service for the State of Washington in 1983 but slowly turned into a community where young men and women transition from adolescence to adulthood. When young adults come to Penrith Farms they are a part of a community devoted to personal commitment, communication, and self-discovery where they learn the value of honest, respect, trust, and work. To achieve our goals we employ a positive peer culture where residents are responsible for encouraging each other to succeed and be accountable for their words and actions.

The diverse nature of Penrith Farms gives us the ability to connect with each resident and form an honest relationship. This relationship is based on trust which is required for any constructive mentoring. Without trust mentoring becomes nothing more than a word game where core issues are not uncovered. We use trust and respect to get to the root of the issues that are leading to unproductive behavior rather than trying to treat symptoms.

Penrith Farms has a flexible structure that allows us to tailor curriculum and mentoring to the needs of each individual without compromising the integrity of our ever evolving community. Our structure and experience enables us to apply a variety of creative techniques in addressing any individual’s challenges; where daily opportunities assist students in understanding the outcomes of their choices.

Our structure is constantly evolving as the composition of the community changes whether it be staff or client. The advantage this offers is due to the constant evolution of responses to varying circumstances thus creating an environment where adaptation becomes a learning process. That is to say simply: what works for one might not work for another whether that be a person or a situation. We strive to create an accurate model of the “World at Large” without the harsh consequences involved with inappropriate conduct. This model affords clients the opportunity to learn from their mistakes in a safe environment.

Meet The Founders

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 was serving in the Navy and then the Army where he became a helicopter pilot and officer. He ended up serving 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 where they provided social services and a halfway house/shelter helping a transient population. They left San Francisco in 1970 and slowly moved their way up to Newport Washington in 1979 where they founded Penrith Farms and have been ever since. In 1983, they started providing foster care services for the State of Washington DSHS. In 2000, they switched to a private pay model helping troubled and at risk young adults learn the life skills they need to transition into independent living and adulthood.

Their Vision

To give troubled and struggling young adults that are failing to launch the skills and confidence they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive society. To develop self-esteem, work ethics, psychosocial skills, and emotional intelligence. In the end, develop independent adults that are equipped to manage their own affairs and be productive self-motivating responsible members of society.

Penrith’s Main Goals


Communication is a means of connection between people with the successful conveying of ideas and feelings. At Penrith Farms we look for honest and verbal communication of feelings in a safe environment. Many residents communicate their feelings non-verbally and deny they have them as they are used to not expressing them or have never felt comfortable enough to express them. This non-expression leads to frustration and a lot of the problems emerging adults run into transitioning into adulthood.


Cooperation serves two ends as it is the process of working together to the same end and assistance by ready compliance with requests. Residents that are oppositional defiant are usually in need of having some control over something in their lives and being uncooperative is one method of acquiring such control. This behavior ends up making it impossible to transition into adulthood. At Penrith Farms we will assist residents in discovering new outlets for feeling in control of their lives through our Life Skills Program.


Completion is the process of finishing something. Some individuals struggle with Completion whether that be high school, a college course, or even a simple task. Sometimes this is because of lack of success with projects, it might be due to low self-esteem so it is better to exclude oneself than fail. Which can translate over into relationships i.e. it is better to be exclude oneself than be rejected. At Penrith Farms we will instill confidence and self-esteem into residents so they will be able to meet challenges and overcome them.

Resident Housing

Men’s House

P2 built in 1897, is Pend Oreille County’s second oldest house. The interior and exterior have been entirely renovated, with every effort made to maintain the home’s original appearance and charm. The three-story home is complete with three shared bedrooms, dining room, full kitchen, living room, and two full bathrooms.

Men’s House

The Drake, the second male house, has two shared and one single bedroom, two-bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining room and living room. The ranch-style house is built on the edge of a lush pasture and is situated beside a seasonal creek. The home has undergone a complete restoration and includes modern amenities.

Women’s House

The Hilton, a three shared and one single bedroom, two-bathroom home, also with its own full kitchen, dining room and living room. It is located on a hillside overlooking the main campus which provides the young women additional privacy.