Annual Joint Meeting of VAHC & VCEH and VCEH Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, Sept 9th in Randolph, VT

The VCEH annual joint meeting with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) and our regular monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 9 from 9:30 – 2:00 at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Randolph (please note the change from our regularly scheduled day, time, and venue). As always, this year’s agenda will be packed with remarks from high level state policymakers, information and lively discussions.

We have invited representatives from the Shumlin Administration, legislative leadership, and the congressional offices to provide their perspectives on issues affecting affordable housing and homelessness over the coming year.  AHS Secretary Hal Cohen and House Appropriations Committee Chair Mitzi Johnson are confirmed, as are representatives from each of our three Congressional OfficesDHCD Deputy Commissioner Jen Hollar will provide us with an overview of recently developed resources for tenants and landlords.  The joint meeting will conclude with a networking lunch, followed by the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting.  Here is the overall agenda for the day:

9:30-12:00  VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting

12:00-1:00   Networking Lunch ($5 suggested donation)

1:00-2:00    VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting

We’ll send out the full, detailed agenda, as well as background materials next week.

Job Opportunity: Senior Service Coordinator at John Graham Shelter

The John Graham Shelter is looking for a new Senior Service Coordinator. Read below for more information on the position and how to apply:

Do you believe that each person deserves a safe place to call home, and has the potential to realize a fulfilling life?  Would you like to join a team that values respect, compassion and empowerment and helps people achieve their goals?

The John Graham Shelter provides housing and services to homeless individuals and families in Addison County. We seek an experienced Masters level service coordinator (MSW, MA, LCMHC or LADC) to provide service coordinator, support, counseling and services to families with children at our five housing sites. Strong organizational and communication skills needed as well as experience in housing and working with people experiencing trauma and mental health and addiction issues.

We create a culture of kindness for those who live and work in our housing and we offer a collaborative workplace and a good compensation package. We would consider licensed professionals seeking full or part time positions.  Please send a letter, resume and references to Elizabeth.shelter@gmail.com by September 1. No calls please.

Groundworks Collaborative to Hold Fifth Annual Hike for the Homeless on September 12th

Groundworks Collaborative will hold its fifth annual Hike for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, September 12 (rain date, September 13th), on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, NH. There will be two start times, 10am and 12:30pm, each beginning at the Mountain Road trailhead in Hinsdale (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro). Registration begins at 9:30 for the 10am start, and at Noon for the 12:30pm start. Whether hiking to the summit or walking the River Trail at its base, participants can anticipate a beautiful late-summer hike and outstanding views of the town of Brattleboro. Hikers may raise funds individually (a minimum of $50 is suggested) or as a team (suggested minimum $250). All proceeds from the Hike benefit Groundworks Collaborative’s work with families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Brattleboro and surrounding communities.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s Hike as a fundraiser for Groundworks,” said Executive Director Joshua Davis, “as our housing and shelter programs have expanded along with the merger of Morningside and the Drop In Center.  Whereas in the past the Hike for the Homeless has raised funds to support Morningside’s programs, it can now help us offset costs for additional case management and emergency shelter programs previously run through the Drop In Center.”

According to Libby Bennett, Groundworks’ Development Director, “Hike for the Homeless has traditionally been held in early October, and the merger has allowed us to shift our fundraising schedules slightly to make space for all of our fundraising activities throughout the year.”  Bennett added that the organization is greatly appreciative of all the generosity of supporters in the community.  With the help of hikers (roughly 160 participants), sponsors, volunteers and contributors – last year’s Hike for the Homeless raised $25,000 in support of the Shelter.
Those who wish to participate in this year’s Hike for the Homeless by fundraising, hiking, or contributing to a participant, should visit GroundworksVT.org for links to registration and fundraising information. Refreshments will be available and great prizes (including a 3-month membership at the Outer Limits Health Club; Dinner-For-Two at the Chesterfield Inn; and gift certificates to Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters and Burrows Specialized Sports, among others) will be awarded to top fundraising hikers. Questions may be directed to Libby Bennett at lbennett@GroundworksVT.org, or 802-257-0066 x101.

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