Vergennes Union High School Class of 2018 Senior Walk-A-Thon to Benefit John Graham Housing & Services

On May 30th the 2018 Senior Class is participating in the annual  VUHS "Senior Walk-A-Thon for a Cause". They have chosen to support our local John W. Graham Homeless Shelter. The students will be running and walking over 14 miles through Ferrisburgh and Vergennes, ending at the shelter. 

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You can sponsor a senior for an amount per mile and can name a maximum amount that you are willing to contribute. Make checks out to VUHS Class of 2018 Walkathon. All contributions are tax-deductible. Cash collected will go to the school’s main office to be put in the senior fund until the walk. 

Please consider participating with us on this event. Thank you so much for supporting the VUHS Class of 2018!

To make a donation, please contact Lee Shorey at lshorey@anwsd.org.

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."

For full story, please visit: 
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