The Point's Coalition for the Homeless
In 2000 the Point began a series of fundraising activities for four organizations that aid homeless Vermonters. With help from musicians like Bob Weir, Ani Difranco, David Crosby, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, G Love and Dave Matthews -- who have donated autographed guitars -- as well as from Ben and Jerry's and the Cabot Creamery, we have raised over $25,000 for these organizations so far.
The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) -- 802-864-7402
The Burlington-based Committee on Temporary Shelter provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are without homes or who are marginally housed. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness. They believe in the value and dignity of every human life, that housing is a fundamental human right, and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness. COTS operates two emergency shelters, two long-term housing complexes, and a day-time drop-in center. Their other services include a referral and counseling program, support to newly housed and homeless families, and the Rental Opportunity Center.
The Good Samaritan Haven -- 802-479-2294
The Good Samaritan Haven in Barre is an emergency shelter open from 6pm to 7am daily. They offer welcome, good meals, a clean house, beds, showers, washing facilities, some free clothing, and staff assigned to work out temporary or long-range goals. Individual needs are noted and followed up on by staff in a confidential interview. Information and referrals are offered for job openings, apartment listings, and other needs. Every day a different volunteer runs the evening and nighttime hours; the meals are cooked and delivered hot each night by volunteers as well. The Good Samaritan Haven also does outreach to assist people in potential housing crises.
The Upper Valley Haven -- 802-295-6500
Over the past twenty years, the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction has evolved from a homeless shelter to a community organization, which offers food, clothing, and educational opportunities in addition to a twenty-four hour shelter. Their educational program helps individuals in need to find their own way out of crisis by providing information on budgeting, communication, parenting, nutrition, stress management, decision making, and employment skills. They also address the needs of the many children who pass through the shelter, and their Aftercare program continues to provide support for shelter guests after they secure housing.
The Living Room -- 802-748-2383
A program of Northeast Kingdom Youth Services, the Living Room in St. Johnsbury is a day shelter for teens, open from 1 to 5pm, Monday through Friday. They offer a comfortable home environment for 16-21 year-olds who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, or just lonely and isolated. The Living Room provides a place to rest, socialize, shower, eat, do laundry, and learn life skills in a substance-free environment. They make talk to caring, non-judgmental adults and access resources to help stabilize their lives. A computer for homework and resume writing is available. The Living Room also hosts teen dinners from 5-7pm one evening a week.