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2017 Local Solutions to End Homelessness Fundraiser Raises Over $30,000!

Save the Date – Friday, September 7, 2018 – 2nd Annual Local Solutions to End Homelessness! We hope you will join us for our biggest fundraiser of the year: Local Solutions To End Homelessness – Friday, September 7th at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Alumni Hall from 7:00-10:00pm. Live music, craft beer, hors d’oeuvres, and auction. More info coming soon! All proceeds benefit Good Samaritan Haven, Central Vermont’s only homeless shelter. Enjoy a fun-filled night while helping end homelessness in our community. Dress code is business casual.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool team up again to help local homeless shelters

For the seventh year in a row, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Darn Tough Vermont and Smartwool have teamed up to donate over $13,000 worth of socks and support to local homeless shelters. The donations are the result of a joint effort between the three businesses to help provide warm, Merino wool socks and much-needed support to the areas homeless population in preparation for the areas colder months.

Times Argus: New money from state to boost aid for homeless

Homeless advocates are working to add services in central Vermont with the help of a $300,000 appropriation by the Legislature in the last session. The money will be used to expand services managed by the Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter in Barre by adding 40 beds in central Vermont during the winter months, shelter executive director Brooke Jenkins said. The shelter already houses 30 people with 14 more overflow beds at the nearby Hedding United Methodist Church.

Community Kitchen Academy June 2017 Graduation

Good Sam is proud that one of our guests graduated from the Community Kitchen Academy this month. The Community Kitchen Academy (CKA), a partnership between the Vermont Foodbank and Capstone Community Action, helps under- and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry through an intensive culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement training. When they graduate, students are ready for a job in the food service industry.  They have developed valuable life and professional skills including goal establishment, résumé writing, interviewing skills, conflict management, and budgeting. In addition to the ...


More than 1,200 Vermonters including more than 300 children were homeless on January 24, according to the latest annual report designed to measure homelessness. The annual Point-In-Time Count Report, released Tuesday, showed 1,225 homeless Vermonters, an increase of 11 percent over 2016. There were 306 homeless children, representing 25 percent of the total. More than one-quarter, or 340 people, reported having a severe mental health disorder, and 228, or 19 percent, reported having a substance abuse disorder, according to the report. Nearly one-quarter, or 267 people, said they were domestic violence survivors. That number, which does not ...

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Times Argus:Homeless survey brings mixed results

MONTPELIER — The latest point-in-time tally used to count the homeless people in Vermont shows an increase in that population, though officials hope the state is heading in the right direction. The count is a partial inventory of all the sheltered and unsheltered homeless nationwide on a select night in January, when demand is likely at its peak. According to the results of the count, Vermont saw an 11 percent increase in homelessness when compared to the count in 2016. The count took place Jan. 24. The count also found 25 percent of the homeless population were children and 47 percent of those counted were homeless for the first time. ...

Times Argus: Shelter seeks lasting results for homeless

Central Vermont’s only emergency housing shelter has seen some changes recently, improving its mission to provide much more than just a bed and a meal in the evenings. The 30-bed Good Samaritan Haven in Barre serves Lamoille, Orange and Washington counties and operates an additional 14-bed overflow shelter at the Hedding United Methodist Church in the winter. “Essentially it used to be just a shelter; a bed to sleep in and a warm meal and that’s that,” said Executive Director Brooke Jenkins. “Those are the most basic needs. They save people’s lives and are critically important, but people need more than that. There have been some new ...

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition:Affordable Housing Is Out of Reach for Low-Wage Vermonters

In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent in Vermont, renters need to earn $21.90 an hour, or $45,545 a year. This is Vermont’s 2017 Housing Wage, revealed in the annual Out of Reach report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. At Vermont’s current minimum wage, individuals would need to work 88 hours per week, or 2.2 full-time jobs, to afford a two-bedroom rental home.

People: Homeless Vermont Man Honored for Saving Life of Truck Driver After Horrific Accident

A homeless man who had been living in the woods off an interstate highway in Williston, Vermont, witnessed a horrific incident and sprang into action to save the life of the man who was behind the wheel. On May 4, truck driver Paul Bristol suffered a sudden, serious heart attack, causing him to veer into the left lane, “bunny hopping” along the guardrail for some 300 feet, according to the Burlington Free Press. James Pocock, who had been living right off the highway for the past couple months, remembers a cloud of concrete dust as the truck hit the guardrail. He quickly ran to the scene and found Bristol, 68, breathless and without a ...