The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Our mission is to provide a safe space and ongoing support to families and individuals facing challenges of maintaining stable housing.
Founded in 1979, we are the only year-round homeless shelter in southeastern Vermont. We strive to overcome individual and systemic barriers to affordable housing with the provision of shelter and comprehensive support services. With a constant waiting list of anywhere from 30-50 households, our services are in high demand. We have four main programs:
- SHELTER - and intensive case management for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.
- HOUSING SUPPORT CASE MANAGEMENT - providing supportive services to families and individuals to secure and maintain housing. Case managers work with homeless and precariously housed individuals and families who face a variety of issues that make them "difficult to house" to prevent future homelessness.
- The REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE SERVICE - providing financial management for Social Security beneficiaries deemed unable to manage their own funds; ensuring that rent and basic living expenses are paid to maintain good financial standing, thereby preventing future homelessness.
- The YOUTH SHELTER COLLABORATIVE - providing transitional shelter for youth experiencing homelessness.