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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VT Digger: VERMONT HOMELESS COUNT UP BY 11 PERCENT

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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Green Mountain United Way Day of Caring at Good Sam

When people come together for a special day of volunteerism, helping local organizations with much needed projects and giving their time and talents to the community good, it is more than just a normal day, it is a “Day of Caring.” “My favorite part of Day of Caring is being able to see individuals come together to work hard together and support the organizations that do so much for our community while also building new relationships through the joy of volunteering,” Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way, said. “The Day of Caring is ...

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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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