The Spencer New Leader
BROOKFIELD — Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis recently paid a
visit to the Elm Hill Center in Brookfield, where several inmates of the Worcester County House of Correction have been helping make repairs and improvements to the historic farm under the sheriff ’s work-release program.
In October, inmates have been helping with exterior repairs, painting and shingling the old dairy barn, which is being renovated into activity space for the Elm Hill Center’s program.
Elm Hill Center is overseen by Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. (RRI) of Sturbridge, one of the largest providers of supports and services for people living with developmental disabilities in Central Massachusetts. Since RRI took over operations at Elm Hill in 2009, it has organized hundreds of volunteers to give thousands upon thousands of hours to help restore the farm to its former splendor. The farm is now a community jewel for all to enjoy, whether disabled or ablebodied. Among the activities RRI sponsors at the barn is therapeutic horseback writing, a petting zoo and several camps
for children living with, and without, disabilities.