Q: What is this place? 

A: The Selah House Carefarm is our incredible and novel answer to the increasing over reach of our strange culture's relationship to grief and grievers. This is a place where families can go to give and receive connection, compassion, and understanding. All the animals on the carefarm have been rescued from abuse, neglect, and torture. Our grieving families know what it means to suffer, and so do these animals. In addition, we teach meditation, yoga, bibliotherapy, and will soon have a respite center where families can come and stay on site. To learn more, to volunteer, or to donate, please visit this link. Follow us on Facebook here!

Read Yahoo's story about our Selah Carefarm here

Update: The Selah Carefarm has a new webpage here.


Q: How can I help?
A: We need donations to build the respite center on the carefarm. We need your help on the carefarm. We need in-kind donations like supplies, landscape materials, tools, animal feed and tack. If you have something to donate or if you’d like to help on the carefarm please contact us at info@missfoundation.orgRead Yahoo's recent story about our Selah Carefarm here

Q: Can I visit the carefarm?
A: Our carefarm is therapeutic space for those who have suffered trauma and grief. Appointments are required with one of our three counselors. We are not open to the public but we do have work days and we do offer single or multiple day counseling programs. If you'd like to visit as a client email info@missfoundation.org. Or to volunteer at a work day, follow our FB page here where we will announce upcoming events. 

Q: When do you expect the respite center to be completed?
A: Our grand opening is expected in the summer of 2020.

Q: How can I reserve a place and time to come and stay on site at the Selah House?
A: Please check back here. As we get closer to completion, we will have an inquiry form posted. You can also follow our MISS Foundation Facebook page.

Q: How will my funds be used?
A: All funds will be used toward the construction of the respite center unless designated otherwise.

Q: Is care farming based on any science?
A: Yes! Care farming, as a whole and in its individual components, has been shown to help many vulnerable population groups. Specifically, our carefarm was recently studied as an intervention for traumatic grief. Many countries in Europe utilize care farming as a humanistic approach to human suffering in vulnerable groups with tremendous outcomes that reduce harm and help people improve coping. And, care farming costs a fraction of treatment as usual. The average day at most care farms costs between $60-$200. The cost of treatment as usual in an inpatient setting is about $1000- $1100 a day. Learn more about the scholarly literature here.

Q: What is the meaning of Selah?
A: The Selah House is named after the Hebrew word selah and after the Selah Grief Model (Cacciatore, 2011), a mindfulness-based framework that recognizes two foci: self and other, the intrapersonal and the interpersonal, in addition to the space between two beings. Selah derives from the Hebrew word celah, often noted in the book of Psalms meaning 1) pause, stay with what you’ve just experienced; 2) reflect, feel deeply what you’ve just experienced; and 3) find meaning, allowing it to unfold in its time without rushing to the next passage.

Q: What if I or my business wants to make a very large contribution? Are there naming opportunities?
A: For donations of $5,000 or more, please contact MISS Foundation Executive Director Kelli Montgomery, 512-922-3104, kelli.montgomery@missfoundation.org for special dedication requests.

Q: How will the Selah House work?
A: Currently, traumatically bereaved people, most often parents, grandparents, and children, come from around the world to work with Dr. Cacciatore. Right now, our facilities can only hold one family at a time, and suffering families in the local area and also from around the world, must wait until the space opens before they can come to get help. There is often a 6-9 month waiting list. Now, Dr. Cacciatore and our team will be able to accommodate grieving people. In addition, the carefarm will incorporate more rescue animals, a therapeutic farm-to-table program, and other health enhancing activities that an agrarian environment allows.

Q: Though you have a clear, twenty year history of helping people endure traumatic grief, with your current plans, how will you know if the carefarm is helping people in the long term?
A: This is an excellent question. We are fortunate to have already begun to build our core research team with some of the top scholars in their field, including Dr. Joanne CacciatoreDr. Rich GormanDr. Jen HubertyKara Thieleman, PhD Candidate, and Virginia Miller. This means that we will collect data and longitudinally interview those who have been through our programs. We will be publishing those data in order to encourage more NGOs and agencies seeking to help others learn about care farming. We are also advancing a training program for providers who may want to begin their own carefarm in their communities.

Q: Is the Selah House green and sustainable?
A: Yes. We commit to environmental health, social and economic equity, animal welfare, and overall consciousness raising in our therapeutic community.

Q: What model or framework is going to guide the Selah House?
A: The model (Cacciatoreⓥ & Gorman, 2017, in press) is based on current carefarming practices, research in therapeutic spaces, and 20 years of experience working with traumatized people from around the world.

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