In recent years, we have augmented our impact by adding locations and levels of housing.
Main Street, Vergennes
The John W. Graham Emergency Shelter, located at 69 Main Street in Vergennes Vermont, provides food, shelter, housing, services and hope to homeless individuals and families from around Vermont. The Shelter has been operating for thirty-five years, since 1980. In recent times, we have expanded capacity with new locations and staff, and we have augmented our services to provide a more service-rich environment.
The Emergency Shelter has eight rooms for individuals and families and can house up to 25 residents at a time. We also offer transitional housing at four Shelter-owned buildings: East Street and Green Street, Vergennes; Mountain Street, Bristol; and North Pleasant Street, Middlebury. All five of the Shelter’s facilities are in Addison County’s compact downtown areas, close to services, employment, and public transit. Shelter service coordinators and counselors visit regularly to help families work on their goals and search for permanent housing.
In 2011-2012, the Emergency Shelter undertook major renovations. The rehabilitation served to expand and improve sleeping, living and counseling spaces for residents; upgrade fire safety and efficiency measures; and uplift a building that has served well during 30 years of hard use. The site was modernized in accordance with its place on the National Historic Register.
Our scattered-site, rapid-rehousing units allow us to help individuals and families transition between emergency shelter-level care into permanent, supported housing. Renters pay a portion of their monthly income while we work together towards finding sustainable, long-term solutions.