Bright Life Farms

The current residents of Bright Life Farms stand in front of one of the houses on the property. Bright Life Farms currently has four houses with private rooms and baths that allow them to house 32 individuals. Their goal is to provide care for the entire individual — body and spirit.

Bright Life Farms, Inc. has been selected as one of the top 200 finalists in State Farm’s “Neighborhood Assist” grant contest. If it places in the top 100, it will receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm.

According to its website, “State Farm Neighborhood Assist 2022 is a program that awards $25,000 grants to 100 causes across the United States. The program has three phases. First, users submit causes they think deserve a $25,000 grant. Next, the State Farm Review Committee narrows down the submissions to the top 200 finalists. Finally, the public votes to select the top 100 winners. Each winning cause that meets all of entry criteria will receive a $25,000 grant.”

Barkley Hudson, a local State Farm agent, immediately thought of Bright Life Farms when the company began looking for nominations back in February. He filled out all the necessary paperwork, and out of 4,000 applicants nationwide, Bright Life Farms was selected as part of the top 200.

Now, the outcome is in the hands of the community.

The last round of competition is decided by a public vote. Public voting opens April 27 and will run through May 6. Each person can vote up to 10 times a day during the voting period; the only requirements are that they are 18-plus with a valid email address.

“In celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary, the program is awarding more grant dollars than ever in 2022,” said Rasheed Merritt, assistant vice president at State Farm in a news release. “We encourage everyone to vote for their favorite causes to make a big impact in their communities.”

The top 100 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the company’s Founder’s Day (Tuesday, June 7) at neighborhoodassist.com.

Hudson said he had talked to other organizations in western Kentucky who had won the grant money in the past, and they stressed to him that community involvement is vital. People need to vote multiple times a day.

Bright Life Farms, Inc. shared that it’s grateful to Hudson for spearheading this, and it’s excited about the opportunity. When asked to comment, they shared the following verse that is painted on the wall of one of its buildings:

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory,” Ephesians 3:20-21 (King James version).

Bright Life Farms, Inc. is a faith-based nonprofit group home for mentally or developmentally challenged adults 18-plus years of age. Bright Life is state licensed, but not state supported. Its goal is to provide care for the whole person — body and spirit — while allowing them to live their life to the fullest.

According to the organization’s website, its philosophy is that “they (the residents) have the right to develop independent living skills, become productive citizens, maintain an attitude of self-worth, attain their highest degrees of mental, spiritual, physical and vocational achievement, and most importantly, participate as members of a family.”

There is a specific link that will allow people to directly vote for Bright Life Farms. Once it has been made available, it will be posted on the Herald Ledger’s Facebook page.

For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to vote for a cause, go to neighborhoodassist.com starting (today) Wednesday, April 27 at 11:01 p.m. Central Time.