About Mandy’s Farm
Mandy’s Farm provides highest-quality, community living, supported employment, and day services to individuals with Developmental Disabilities. We foster an environment of inclusion and encourage individuals to express their dreams and desires.
We strive to make Mandy’s more than just a place to live. There are horses for therapeutic riding, an indoor therapeutic pool, a variety of animals to interact with, and an organic garden. Along with family dinners and gatherings, individuals are active in the community, participating in clubs, jobs, volunteering, community events, day programs and other outings.
Realizing they were not alone in their quest to find the highest level of care possible for their daughter, Amanda, a young woman with autism, Ruthie and David Robbins founded Mandy’s Farm. (MSF) provides community services for individuals with disabilities. We are a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. MSF stands as testimony to the perseverance of the Robbins family, the generous support of caring individuals and contributions from many donors.
In May of 2013, Mandy’s expanded its supported living services by securing a second property. On just under three acres, this beautiful home serves four more adults with developmental disabilities. We also opened a day services program so that more individuals may experience all that Mandy’s Farm has to offer, in an environment conducive to lifelong learning.
In January of 2014, due to popular demand and a growing waiting list, we opened our second day services location, Appaloosa Art Space. Inclusive workshops are offered, based in arts and environment for the Albuquerque community.
We strive to provide highest quality community living services for adults with developmental disabilities. We help each individual achieve their greatest self-sufficiency by structuring a positive, purposeful and caring environment for living, learning, working and playing amid our peaceful surroundings.
A Message From Melissa
As a parent, trusting your child to someone else is probably the most difficult thing you will ever do. Mandy’s Farm is designed to be your son or daughter’s forever home, day service experience, or both. Our commitment to quality is very high. Our goal is that your child lives a fulfilling life, having something rewarding to do every day, learning to become more self-sufficient, and for this place to endure for their lifetime and beyond. Our dream is for Mandy’s Farm to provide a living environment which allows individuals to age together and go through the same processes together. This will be their home—the same way you and I have a home. We dream of a brighter, better life for individuals with disabilities, surrounded by the kind of love and highest level of care a parent would insist on. We wish for peace in the hearts and minds of families of these individuals.
–Melissa McCue, Executive Director
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors ensure adherence to our mission and goals, as well as providing oversight of our budget and the employment of our Executive Director. The 2013-2014 Board of Directors are:
Our Administrative Team
Melissa holds a B.A. in Human Rehabilitative Services from the University of Northern Colorado and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. A strong advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities, Melissa has over 10 years of professional management experience, including DD waiver funded services. She brings her extensive knowledge of services such as Supported Living, Family Living, Supported Employment, Adult Habilitation and Community Access to MSF. Great things are happening under her guidance and leadership!
Jessie spent three years working with people with disabilities through the City of Albuquerque’s inclusive Therapeutic Recreation program. She began working at MSF as a Direct Support Staff, while pursuing her B.A. in Art Education at the University of New Mexico. Jessie is now the Service Coordinator at MSF, and studying for her Master’s Degree at UNM, focusing on art education and art-based therapies for individuals with disabilities and individuals who are at-risk. In her spare time, she loves to create art, and has had her work displayed in local galleries, as well as internationally. Jessie leads our Day Services teams, coordinating activities between the farm and Appaloosa Art Space.
Alex Luce, Residential Program Coordinator
Alex, who also comes to us after three years at the City of Albuquerque’s Therapeutic Recreation program, started at Mandy’s as a house manager. Alex is currently studying Signed Language Interpreting at the University of New Mexico and holds certifications in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. She enjoys competing in triathlons, baking and darkroom photography. Alex brings a wide range of talents to our residential program, overseeing and coordinating the staffing and activities across both homes.
Katherine has been gardening since she was a child, using techniques passed down from her grandparents and great-grandparents. While studying Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Katherine became involved with the Boulder Community Gardens, and worked under master gardeners to learn about organic gardening methods and community engagement. When a cousin was diagnosed with a severe form of autism, Katherine was inspired her to reach out to others with developmental disabilities. She also volunteers at Casa de las Comunidades, a community garden serving low-income families in the International District, where she teaches bilingual nutrition and gardening classes. Now, Katherine leads our agricultural, vermicomposting, and integrated employment efforts.
Cindy co-owned an insurance claims business and a coffee business prior to moving to New Mexico. After reading an article in the Albuquerque Journal about Mandy’s Farm and thinking how much her aunt (who had autism) would have loved such a place, she was determined to be part of the team that makes a difference in the lives of the individuals served by MSF. Cindy works part-time, while pursuing an English degree (Professional and Technical Writing). As part of our development team, she writes grant proposals and seeks contributions which help sustain the enhanced services that make Mandy’s Farm so unique and wonderful.