As Angie Hoffschneider explained how she finally found a camp where she could send her 11-year-old son, Liam, without complaining about his behavior, she was brought to tears.
For parents of children with special needs, discovering UBU Therapy Farms, where children of different skill levels could both have fun and learn vital socio-emotional skills, was a miracle.
“Liam has been to other summer camps, but I think this place just made him feel comfortable and where he could be himself, welcomed and accepted, and it’s a rare find,” Hoffschneider said.
During UBU’s very first summer camp, which took place July 6-22, children aged 6-18 attended twice a week for three hours.
UBU Therapy Farms was started by mental health therapist Pamela Wheeler, who purchased the farm site in southwest Lincoln with her husband Jody Martinson in 2018. The farm name “UBU” means a place where everyone feels welcome, she said. .
During the coronavirus pandemic, Wheeler and her husband worked to convert the property’s barn into offices, create an enclosed space and stalls for farm animals, and build several wheelchair-accessible planting beds.
The farm is home to two mini calves Chondro Wheeler and Martinson purchased from a family in Custer County. Mini goats, turkeys, cats and dogs also live in the therapy farm.