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The Promise Story

Betsy and Luke

Promise Co-Founders
Luke and Betsy Farmer


At the very center of Promise is a group of dedicated parents and family members led by a long-time advocate for children with special needs, Betsy Farmer. Betsy is no stranger to big challenges when faced with limited options for her son, Luke, who has Down syndrome. In 1987, Betsy created the award-winning Space Coast Early Intervention Center, which is now based in Melbourne, Florida. There, children with and without special needs, play alongside each other in a program designed to foster friendships, social acceptance and preparation for school life.

As Luke grew older, Betsy realized that career options for her son were also limited and narrowly defined. Once again, Betsy fought stereotypes and worked with the business community to expand the employment opportunities for individuals with special needs by establishing the Brevard Business Leadership Network. Since it’s inception in 2005, the BLN has provided Luke and dozens of other young adults with the opportunity to learn specific job skills in diverse business environments.


Throughout Luke’s life, Betsy has provided constant encouragement and stimulation, instilling in him an “I can do it” attitude. As friends and family went off to college and began independent lives, Luke wondered when he, too, would be able to “move out and live on his own” like his big brother, Josh.

After researching housing options, it was clear there was no such fun, socially stimulating and safe environment as the type she envisioned for Luke. With that realization, the idea for Promise was born.

Luke Farmer

Luke and his big brother Josh


The duo began talking with other parents and young adults with special needs and realized there were many families that had similar wants and needs. The Promise design has been a labor of love and will be a place where individuals with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible. Promise will be the place that families of the future Promise residents have only dreamed of. They can rest assured that their loved ones with special needs will be taken care of when they are no longer able.

“With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

Luke Farmer
Luke Farmer

Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI

Promise Inc.
Promise Inc operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with Promise Inc.

For more information on Promise Inc civil rights program, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact 321-722-7400; email HR@promiseinbrevard.com or visit our administrative office at 4105 Norfolk Parkway, West Melbourne, FL 32904. For more information, visit promiseinbrevard.com

If information is needed in another language, contact 321-722-7400.

Promise Inc. Reasonable Modification Policy

Promise Inc. is committed to complying fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are also committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment and transportation for qualified persons with disabilities. We make our employment and transportation decisions based on the merits of the situation in accordance with defined criteria, not the disability of the individual.
Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is available to individuals with a disability when the disability affects the performance of job functions and the ability of individuals to take part in programs and services offered by Promise Inc. Promise Inc. will attempt to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a temporary or long-term disability so that they can perform the essential functions of the job and participate in programs and services offered by Promise Inc., unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the operations of the organization.
If you are currently disabled or become disabled during your employment or residency on the campus of Promise in Brevard and are in need of a reasonable accommodation, you should contact the Human Resources department of Promise Inc. to assist you with evaluating reasonable accommodations that may enable you to perform the essential functions of your job and participate in the programs and services of Promise in Brevard.
Please direct questions to Human Resources at hr@promiseinbrevard.com. You may also contact Ron Goode, HR Manager, at 321-722-7400 or send written correspondence to Promise in Brevard, Attn. Ron Goode, 4105 Norfolk Parkway, West Melbourne, FL 32904

Promise Inc. Service Dog Policy

Promise in Brevard employees will allow service animals to be transported on all Promise vehicles. Pets or companion animals will not be transported on any Promise vehicles, caged or otherwise.

The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform for him or herself. “Seeing eye dogs” are one type of service animal, used by some individuals who are visually impaired.

The care or supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner. The passenger and the service animal may be asked to exit the vehicle if the service animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

“With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26


“A place where young adults with special needs can live a life full of opportunities and freedom never thought possible.”

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