A team of 4 from VSECU joined over 120 business and community leaders to raise funds and awareness to support youth in Vermont who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Organized by Spectrum Youth and Family Services, the Spectrum Sleep Out raised more that $340,000 for Spectrum’s programs. Read more
Not all Vermonters have a place to call home. We support efforts that put a safe roof over the head of those in need. Homelessness effects Vermonters of all ages. These are some of the ways VSECU is giving shelter:
“The funds from VSECU will allow us to grow and expand our newest counseling program, On Track, which was developed this past year. On Track is an extension of our popular Ready, Set, Rent! program and consists of credit counseling and budget education for household tenants who have fallen into a cycle of paying their rent late each month, oftentimes resulting in the initiation of eviction proceedings,” says Anna Herman, community relations specialist at Champlain Housing Trust. Read more
“COVER Home Repair organizes volunteers to undertake urgent home repair projects with low income homeowners in the Upper Valley. In 2016, COVER completed 98 repair projects, including about 15 accessibility ramps and about 15 new roofs,” says Bill Neukomm, executive director at COVER Home Repair. Read more
ANEW Place has expanded its programming beyond temporary relief to now foster lifelong change in all of the homeless persons that they serve and help them to successfully reintegrate back into the community. Through a holistic, person-centered approach, ANEW Place works to address the underlying causes of each person’s homelessness, helping individuals to gain the skills needed for self-sufficiency.
Home Share Now facilitates mutually beneficial home shares. While people of any age are welcome to enroll, home providers are often older adults with a spare bedroom to offer someone looking for affordable housing. Instead of rent, the home seeker delivers non-medical services like household assistance, companionship, and an overnight protective presence.
In June, VSECU granted $2,000 to the Samaritan House, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and collaborative support services to people without other options within Franklin-Grand Isle Counties. The donation was provided through VSECU’s VGives program. The Samaritan House will use the money to fund the acquisition of a three-bedroom transitional apartment in Swanton, which will enable them to increase the number of individuals and families who have access to, knowledge of, and benefits associated with their services.
Good Samaritan Haven is the only homeless shelter in Central Vermont. The shelter has thirty beds and is full almost every night. Last year the organization served 239 unique individuals and provided over 21,000 nights of shelter and charitable meals. VSECU’s donation to the Emergency Shelter Program will allow Good Samaritan Haven to provide over one hundred nights of shelter to homeless individuals in the community and to supply basic needs including dinner, laundry, clothing, and toiletries.
Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless (BCCH) assists individuals & families in Bennington County facing homelessness by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention assistance, case management and follow up care. As part of our VGives program, we donated $10,000 to support recently expanded life skills and enrichment programs which includes supportive case management.
Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds/renovates simple homes in partnership with people in need, is returning to Rutland with the volunteer efforts of member services consultant Jessica Cecot and donations from VSECU. With a team of dedicated volunteers from the community, the new Habitat for Humanity affiliate started their first building rehab. VSECU volunteers joined Jessica on June 27th for a ribbon cutting and block party event. Read More