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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Homeless in Barre


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.

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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.

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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.

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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, ...

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