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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Shelter expands focus on transitional housing

Shelter expands focus on transitional housing

BRISTOL — The John Graham Emergency Shelter on Monday closed a deal for a $198,000 home in Bristol, which the Vergennes-based homeless shelter intends to covert into three units of transitional housing.

The deal comes at a time of rising demand for the homeless shelter’s services. It marks a ratcheting up of the organization’s efforts to use transitional housing to give families and individuals a place to get back on their feet while they hunt for a permanent residence that is away from the hubbub of the shelter but under the umbrella of a support system.

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