COVID-19 Message from GSH Director

Good Samaritan Haven's COVID-19 response from Good Samaritan Haven on Vimeo.

Hello I’m Rick DeAngelis, Director of the Good Samaritan Haven. I want to give you - our family of supporters, an update on how COVID-19 is impacting our work and ask you to consider making a donation to help. But before I do that, I want to express my sincere desire that you and your loved ...

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Montpelier High School Cares!

Bob Powell and Destiney Roberts, Montpelier High School students, built and donated this adirondack chair and stool for Good Sam's 3rd Annual Local Solutions to End Homelessness Gala on September 20,2019. MHS and MSMS Teacher Jason Miles can be counted on to support Good Sam through donations like this and in previous years giving proceeds from sold Crafter's Edge items.We are so grateful for their support!

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2018 Good Samaritan Haven Impact Report

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.

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“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.” - ― Gabor Maté, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts:

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.

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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.

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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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