Farmers Federation Women’s Committee hosts Dawn House residents


ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Members of the Baldwin County Farmers Federation Women’s Committee once again hosted clients from Dawn House of Bay Minette recently at the Farmers Federation facility located behind Alfa in Robertsdale.

“This is a way for us to promote agriculture and agriculture-related crafts,” said Women’s Committee Chair Jennifer Salac. The Women’s Committee first hosted fun activities for Dawn House residents in Robertsdale last May.

Dawn House is a residential facility for adults with both physical and mental challenges. The Bay Minette facility is home to permanent residents with additional residents participating in the Day Program at Dawn House.

Through the Day Program, Dawn House provides goals and activities for its residents, including skill training, classroom and on-site amenities. Dawn House also includes a garden facility, which grows a variety of vegetables and other items, officials said.

In addition, the Dawn House provides a series of fun outings and activities including library, fishing, bowling, dining out, boating, shopping, zoo and square dancing, among others.

Full-time residents stay at the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the Day Program operates Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dawn House also provides extended programs during the summer months.

On Monday, June 3, residents visited the Farmers Federation and participated in activities, including making bird nesting balls, stuffed with materials that birds can use to make their nests and got to pick their very own water colorful bottle. Afterward the group went on a fun outing to Gator Alley in Daphne.

In addition, members of the Women’s Committee collected living supplies for the Dawn House, including paper products, non-perishable food items and other supplies.

“This is one of two groups we have decided to provide help for this year as part of our community service,” said Salac, whose son Dusty participates in the program. “Later in the year we will collect supplies for the William F. Green Veterans Home in Bay Minette.”

Fresh vegetables were also collected from a local supplier for use by the Dawn House.

“The staff at Dawn House make all the meals using fresh ingredients,” Salac said. “Coming from a farming family, that is something I really like about the program.”

Programs for the Dawn House are provided for a small fee, but the facility is a 501C-3 not-for-profit organization and tax deductible donations are accepted.

If you would like more information, call the Dawn House at 251-937-0940.