Times Argus: Welch to seek more money for homeless

Homeless shelter officials attend a press conference at Good Samaritan Haven in Barre where Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. (second right), announced a renewed effort to increase federal funding for shelters in Vermont.

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Thank you Alchemist Brewery!

Big thank you to The Alchemist Brewery. They raised $2510 for Good Samaritan Haven through its donation tip jar at the brewery in Stowe. This gift will have a huge impact on the community...and we could not have done it without the charitable hearts of all the AWESOME Alchemist customers. Thank you from all of us here at Good Samaritan Haven!

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Stories of Success: Patty’s Story

Patti is a kind and generous woman. She loves animals and cared deeply about her fellow guests at Good Sam. Patty has mental and physical disabilities, but was always ready to lend a helping hand. During her time in the Emergency Shelter Program she painted the porch and the dining room!

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Good Samaritan Haven Kitchen Renovation and Open House Celebration

In deep gratitude to the Walmart Foundation for making the 2016 Good Samaritan Haven kitchen renovation possible. Good Samaritan Haven was thrilled to receive a $50,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation last year. We completely renovated the shelter's kitchen and expanded our capacity to provide charitable meals! Many people in our community will be fed by this kitchen!

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Stories of Success: Melvin’s Story

Melvin is a thirty-nine year old veteran, and father to an adorable four year old son. His family was displaced in October, after the mother suffered a mental health breakdown rendering both father and child homeless. Good Samaritan Haven worked with multiple community partners to get Melvin and his son rapidly rehoused and reunified. Melvin moved into an apartment at Downstreet Housing and Community Development just before Christmas, with the help of the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. VASH combines rental assistance for homeless Veterans ...

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Times Argus: Homeless shelter gets daytime OK

BARRE — Representatives of central Vermont’s only homeless shelter this week got the clarity they wanted and the operational flexibility they needed to strategically open the doors of the Good Samaritan Haven during the day without technically violating the overnight shelter’s 30-year-old permit. The Development Review board ended a busy Thursday night meeting by unanimously approving the shelter’s abridged request — one that allayed the concerns of some neighbors and officially permitted what members were told the city was allowing anyway. Specifically, ...

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VT Digger: Homelessness down, but still too high, say advocates

Affordable housing advocates stood outside the Statehouse in the 27-degree weather Thursday to urge lawmakers to do more to fight homelessness. More than 100 supporters, nearly a dozen lawmakers and members of Gov. Phil Scott’s administration attended the annual event organized by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. The groups say homelessness in Vermont is on its way down, based on an annual point-in-time report, which measures how many people in Vermont are homeless on a given day of the year. The number ...

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CVTV: We Have Faith


My Champlain Valley: Barre Shelter Looks to Extend Hours as Winter Rolls In

BARRE, VT A homeless shelter in Barre is turning people away all because of an old law. With winter rolling in, the Good Samaritan Haven wants to change it as soon as possible. Finding a place to warm up in the Granite City for a few hours is hard enough, let alone all all day. "It's scary not knowing where you're going to go at 7 in the morning. A lot of places aren't even open," says Dustin Kennett. The Good Samaritan Haven is only legally open to house people overnight, or between 6:30 PM and 7 in the morning. That meant for a few months last year Dustin ...

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Macklemore – City Don’t Sleep (ft. Don-P)