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WCAX: Funding extended for Central Vermont homeless shelter

The state is funding a busy warming shelter in Vermont's capital city for another year. Good Samaritan Haven, a 30-bed homeless shelter in Barre, launched a pilot warming shelter at the Bethany Church in Montpelier last winter. Good Samaritan manager Judy Joy says the 20-bed shelter was full nearly every night from November to April.

“Not every story has a happy ending, ... but the discoveries of science, the teachings of the heart, and the revelations of the soul all assure us that no human being is ever beyond redemption. The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.”

Vermont’s Annual Count of Homelessness Shows Mixed Results

1,291 Vermonters were found to be literally homeless on a single night in January, an increase of 66 people, or 5%, compared to the 2017 one-day count. The 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Report, released today by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, shows an overall increase in homelessness. The report comes from data collected for the Annual Point-in-Time Count, an unduplicated count of persons experiencing literal homelessness on the night of January 31, 2018.

Times Argus: Homeless shelters seek new funding

Advocates have applied for continued funding for an expansion of homeless services in central Vermont after a successful pilot program last winter. Officials at the Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter in Barre have asked the state to continue funding a new shelter with 20 beds in the basement hall of the Bethany Church on Main Street in Montpelier, which operated between November and April.

Sasquatch Sighting at Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel!

The story of Sasquatch becoming part of our Lenny’s family stemmed from a brainstorming session with our amazing video production company three years ago. Ideas were bounced around for our Hunter's Widow Sale television ad and we came up with a fun concept centered around the theme "What happens at deer camp". The idea centered around a Sasquatch character cuddling with our hunter at deer camp. Since that fateful commercial, Sasquatch makes a cameo in the majority of our television commercials, print ads, and photo shoots. This elusive creature represents enjoying the outdoors, whether it’s for work or for play; something that is encouraged in ...

VPR: Arctic Blast Tests Capacity Of Vermont’s Homeless Shelters

This week's extreme weather tested the state's shelter system for the homeless. Over the past few years, the Agency of Human Services has been moving away from putting up homeless people in motels during the coldest nights of the year. And since 2015, the state has spent about $2.5 million supporting community-run shelters, which offer more services than motel rooms, and which are supposed to be cheaper in the long run. Brooke Jenkins is the director of Vermont's newest state-sponsored emergency warming shelter in Montpelier, just a few blocks from the state Capitol. Jenkins says the Legislature targeted central Vermont this year because ...

Times Argus: Montpelier’s new homeless shelter opens

As temperatures dipped below freezing this week, a new homeless shelter in the Capital City opened at Bethany Church Wednesday. Brooke Jenkins, executive director at Good Samaritan Haven in Barre, was upbeat about the new shelter in Montpelier, despite a slow start with only a handful of guests on the first night. She said demand is expected to increase as word of the new shelter spreads and winter weather worsens.

Times Argus: Homeless shelter to open in capital

Services for the homeless in the capital will be launched for the first time next month with a new shelter at the Bethany Church. The shelter in the basement hall of the Main Street church will offer 20 beds and would operate from early November until April. The new shelter is an overflow service of The Good Samaritan Haven in Barre, central Vermont’s only year-round homeless shelter with 30 beds. The shelter also operates another overflow facility during the winter at the Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre with 14 beds.

Times Argus: Girl gifts the homeless on her birthday

A kindergarten student’s selfless sacrifice on her birthday is being hailed by staff at a homeless shelter in Barre. Maggie McGibney, 6, of Montpelier, was at a loss when asked what she wanted for her birthday Oct. 4. Maggie’s mother, Missy McGibney, said in the weeks leading up to a planned extended family birthday party Oct. 7, she and her husband, Ken, asked their daughter what she wanted to receive as gifts.

Homeless in Barre