John Graham Shelter and Housing Services gets new co-directors

"John Graham Housing and Services has fresh leadership in the new year, with Peter Kellerman and Kate Schirmer-Smith becoming co-directors Jan. 1.

Longtime executive director Elizabeth Ready stepped aside but remains in the role of chief financial officer.

John Graham Housing and Services provides shelter, housing, services, and prevention and intervention at five sites throughout Addison County. Its flagship emergency homeless shelter is in Vergennes."

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http://www.addisonindependent.com/201801john-graham-shelter-and-housing-services-gets-new-co-directors

Middlebury 'Sleep Out' yields more than $46K to help homeless

"John Graham Housing & Services’ (JGHS) fourth annual “Sleep Out,” held near the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury overnight from Dec. 2 to 3, raised more than $46,000 for programs helping homeless people in Addison County.

Elizabeth Ready, executive director of JGHS, said the impressive total is likely to climb even higher as participants and donors confirm their pledges and hand in their checks during the coming days."

For full story: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201712middlebury-sleep-out-yields-more-46k-help-homeless

Homeless facing wage shortfall

"It’s easy to assume the typical homeless person is unemployed and therefore unable to afford a roof and four walls.

The reality in Addison County is far different.

Almost all the temporary inhabitants of the John Graham Emergency shelter in Vergennes are employed, but are simply not earning enough to land one of the few vacant apartments in our area, according to local advocates."

For full story: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201711homeless-facing-wage-shortfall-most-work-high-cost-shelter-child-care-challenging

City shelter, others help new mom to get fresh start

"At just three weeks old, tiny Hunter holds the distinction of being the youngest resident of the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes.

He doesn’t realize he and his 28-year-old mom, Sammie, don’t have a home of their own.

But Sammie plans to change all that, and she’s getting a big lift from John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS), the nonprofit that runs the Vergennes shelter and five multi-unit apartment buildings in the county."

For full story: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201711city-shelter-others-help-new-mom-get-fresh-start

Sleep-out planned to benefit the homeless

Sleep-out planned to benefit the homeless

MIDDLEBURY — December has to count among the least popular months during which to camp out in the Green Mountain State. But many homeless people don’t have any choice but to brave the elements during the winter, and it is in recognition of that fact that the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter is scheduling its second annual “Sleep-Out” for Dec. 5 near the Otter Creek falls in Middlebury.

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VT Shelters Cope with High Waiting Lists

We made it on TV! Watch as Local 22 & Local 44 take a look into the needs of our local community's homeless population, our mission, and our impact.

Roger and Elizabeth represent the Shelter gracefully. We'd like to extend our thanks also to the station, and especially reporter Rachel Aragon, for the coverage.

Watch here: http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/vt-homeless-shelters-cope-with-high-waiting-lists

Green Street House Opens New Doors

Green Street House Opens New Doors

VERGENNES — Robyn Yoder had grown weary of living in a troubled home and decided earlier this year that it was time for a change.

“I moved away from my family of struggling addicts. I needed to cleanse my life from that,” she said on Thursday.

So Yoder, 24, and her boyfriend, Josh Gordon, 26, moved from southern Vermont to the Vergennes area, where Gordon was raised.

It was rough in the beginning. As they looked for work, they had to spend some time at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter on Monkton Road and at local hotels. But they eventually landed jobs and recently got what they consider to be a huge break in planning the next chapter of their lives together: An apartment of their own in a new transitional housing project at 74 Green St. in Vergennes.

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