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REMINDER: Homelessness Awareness Day & Memorial Vigil – Tomorrow, State House


Every year in January concerned citizens and housing and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives and senators and to renew the commitment to end homelessness in our state. This year, the annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will take place on Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Please join us!


  • **NEW**Coffee & muffins, Cafeteria: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
  • Legislative Awareness Day, Card Room: 7:30 AM-2 PM
  • Reading of Legislative Resolution and Recognition of Homeless Service Providers and Advocates, House Gallery: 9:30 AM
  • Memorial Vigil, State House Steps: Noon

The day will kick off early at 7:30am with coffee and muffins in the Cafeteria. This will be a great time to meet with your representatives and senators to discuss the good work you and your organization are doing.  To make your time at the state house most effective, please be sure to reach out to lawmakers prior to the event to ask them to meet with you.

People will be present in the Card Room all morning and into the afternoon to educate lawmakers about the work being done around the state, about which strategies are working, and what still needs to be done to help end homelessness in Vermont.

At 9:30am, please be in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.

At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for the annual Memorial Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe, affordable and secure housing.

Please note that it is also Governor-elect Scott’s inauguration day, and so it would be best to arrive in Montpelier as early as possible to account for the special security measures at the State House that day.

For more information, contact MaryEllen Mendl at, or Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.  Click here for the event flyer.

We hope to see you tomorrow!

2016 Vermont Collective Impact Conference

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Vermont Collective Impact Conference:
Moving Forward Together

** $295 Early Bird Registration ($325 after August 15) **

Two-day Conference: November 2-3, 2016
Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont

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REGISTER NOW! Early Bird rates end August 15 for this statewide, two-day conference designed for Vermonters working together to address common priorities. Participants will include:

  • Funders
  • Backbone leaders
  • Employers & business leaders
  • Government & policy makers
  • Nonprofits
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community organizers
  • Concerned residents and advocates

The agenda will cover the full day and evening of November 2 and the full day of November 3. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend with existing partners. Stay overnight at the Stoweflake to maximize opportunities to learn, work and connect.

Contact Amy Carmola for more information on submitting
a proposal to lead a session or sponsor the Conference.


Fourth Annual White River Junction VA Medical Center Community Mental Health Summit – September 14th

Date: September 14, 2016
Time: 9am-1pm
Location: White River Junction VA Medical Center – Bldg. 44, Room 103

This year’s Summit will include two plenary sessions; 1) access to mental health care for Veterans and their family members and 2) Suicide Prevention. Sign-in and networking will take place from 9-9:30am, with opening speakers beginning at 9:30am.

Please email this form to Elise Garrity to register. Please note that lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.