Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Parkwood Farms Therapy Center reached out to Occupy Our Homes Atlanta last November on the same day that Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies were attempting to enforce an eviction.
When the economic crisis hit in 2008 some of the children who receive the very unique therapy that Parkwood Farms could no longer afford the fees Parkwood Farms asks for. Parkwood Farms made the decision to put people over profit and work with those that needed their services. Around the same time their monthly payments shot up dramatically. Doctor Marilyn Peterson immediately began working with the bank on a loan modification. Dr. Peterson faced the same struggle that millions of Americans faced, having to resend modification packets, broken promises from the lender, and eventually a refusal to work with her.
After holding multiple heartfelt press conferences attended by parents, children, volunteers, and all of Snellville's City Council the bank decided to negotiate.
It took organizing candlelight vigils on the farm, holding protests at the bank law firm’s office, launching multiple online petitions, and raising a lot of money before a final deal was struck.
Today around 1pm Dr. Marilyn Peterson, who runs the therapy center and is a mother of a child with a disability, closed on a deal that will keep the open for the children that need it.
"After all this time since November, we can declare that I own this property outright.This is a great day," Peterson said.
American Friends Service Committee is excited to have been able to play a key role in this meaningful effort and is elated that the Farm will be open and safe for children living with disabilities for years to come! Together we can speak truth to power and win!