EATON — Downtown Eaton Inc.’s Farmers Market is held every Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and this year Jefferson House is in attendance. Jefferson House is a restorative environment for those who have been socially and vocationally disabled by mental suffering. It guarantees to its members a place to be, an opportunity to form meaningful relationships, and a chance to perform work. Both members and staff work to keep Jefferson House running.
Jefferson House is funded by the Preble County Mental Health & Recovery Board, Samaritan Behavioral Health, grants, private donations and fund raising events. Several members and non-members, called “Friends of Jefferson House”, are working toward raising funds by baking goods and selling them at DEI’s Farmers Market. Made from scratch in their kitchen, baked goods include chewy chocolate chip cookies, brownies, buckeyes, cornbread and zucchini bread. Members also tend to a garden of vegetables and fresh herbs and plan to add that to sales at the farmers market when produce is ready.
Jefferson House also recently held a luncheon for community members that have supported their mission. Honored guests included MHRB Executive Director, Kelli Ott and Preble County Commissioners, Day, Robertson, and Wesler. A ribbon cutting was held for their Healing Garden, which is planted in memory of members lost.
The funds raised at the farmers market go towards daily operations, equipment, and social functions for members. Jefferson House is looking for new members to support their mission and encourages visitors to patronize the farmers market and volunteer. For additional information about Jefferson House, visit their website at www.friendsofjeffersonhouse.com, find them on Facebook or stop by the home at 120 North Cherry Street. Jefferson House is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.