Homelessness support abounds!

Our Youth Group, led by Heidi Sulis and Gail Borden, dedicated this year to homelessness support again. As last year, they visited and planned several meals at John Graham Shelter in Vergennes.  Abi Sessions and our Youth Group camped out at the annual Homelessness Awareness Sleepout on Dec 1 at the Middlebury Marbleworks in support of John Graham Shelter.

Some of Our Neighbors Could Use Your Help

While most of us do not notice them, over 100 of our fellow citizens have been living in tents, cars, under bridges, and under decks this past summer.  As the colder weather approaches, just getting by each day becomes increasingly difficult.  Thanks to the work of dozens of volunteers who have been remodeling and expanding the living quarters at Charter House the past three months, our community will be providing safe haven, food and other basic needs for 5 families and up to 20 individuals from Sept 1 through April 16.  This program is possible because every winter several hundred individuals from Addison County contribute over 12,000 hours of volunteer time, donate hundreds of pounds of clothing and food, prepare 23,000 free meals, and pay for most of the cost of operating and maintaining our building.   A big thanks also goes to the Congregational Church for enabling us to double the space available for our programs.

There are many ways you can help:

  • volunteer to staff Charter House during the day for 2 – 3 hour shifts or overnight (you can sleep)
  • help with food preparation for the dinner meal or breakfast
  • donate prepared meals, bread/rolls, and fruit/cookies/deserts
  • donate adult size winter clothing especially socks, boots, gloves, sweat suits, underwear, warm coats
  • make a contribution (Charter House Coalition, 27 North Pleasant Street, Middlebury, VT 05753)

Contact Samantha Kachmar (mskachmar@gmavt.net) or Doug Sinclair (jdsinclair@ripton-coop.net; 989-9746) if you have questions or would like to discuss any aspects of Charter House.   You can also connect with us at www.charterhousecoalition.org, facebook.com/charterhousecoalition, or @CHCMiddlebury

Come to the Charter House Open House on Sat. Oct 13, 9:30 – 11:30 am.

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