Planning for a new facility is doubly daunting for a nonprofit community organization. In addition to the fundraising and financing necessary for the construction, the nonprofit must create a plan to sustain operating costs for the new facility, knowing it cannot rely on increasing revenue or fees from low-income clients.
Vermont Family Network recently received a $15,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program. The grant will help further Vermont Family Network’s mission to empower and support all Vermont families of children with special needs by expanding the organization’s capacity to provide family-to-family support in the refugee and immigrant communities in Chittenden County. The Innovations and Collaborations grant program supports efforts by nonprofit organizations to help develop solutions to community needs.
BURLINGTON — Kathy Fleury was recently hired as the new associate director of Sara Holbrook Community Center in Burlington. Fleury brings more than 20 years of work and volunteer experience in social service in Vermont. Her most recent position was with Hunger Free Vermont, where she served as the child nutrition initiatives manager. Earlier in her career, Fleury worked for 12 years as the associate director of the Chittenden and Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action programs of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.
BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont recently hired two new counselors. Jessica Steller and Janna Herchenroder joined the organization as counselors for the Housing Opportunity Program in our Bennington location. They will provide case management, eviction prevention and rapid rehousing services for homeless and at-risk clients.
After a successful five-year pilot project, Pathways Vermont — an agency that combats chronic homelessness — is now a Specialized Services Agency under the state’s mental health care system. With the Specialized Services Agency designation, Pathways recently became the first agency to be added to the Vermont Department of Mental Health since the state’s designated agency system began two decades ago. The group provides services to Vermonters with mental health issues and other life challenges, with a focus on chronically homeless individuals. Pathways Vermont follows the Housing First model, which means its top priority is to find housing for the people it serves. Hilary Melton, the executive director of Pathways Vermont, said people use state services much less if they have housing, and Pathways’ pilot phase proved that.
COLCHESTER — The nonprofit group Champlain Community Services recently named Randy Henson as its new service coordinator. Henson will have case management and supervisory responsibilities for the organization, based in Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. Henson served Champlain Community Services as a direct service provider for the past five years. He has extensive volunteer and employment experience in hospice care and brings years of experience in developing broad community connections.
Rebecca Crandall recently joined the staff at BROC-Community Action in southwestern Vermont. Crandall will provide housing services for Bennington-area clients in the Reach Up program, under a new community services grant. She will work with the Vermont Division of Economic Services to oversee the placement of clients into three transitional units and perform outreach to homeless Reach Up recipients living in area motels. Crandall has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from State University of New York-Empire State College.