Editor of the Reformer:

In response to the growing unmet need for affordable housing, Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing (BAAH) has partnered with six other local nonprofits, including Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), Groundworks, Winston Prouty, Youth Services Women's Freedom Center and Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) to create the Creative Community Housing Program (CCHP).

CCHP, which provides individualized, creative short-term housing assistance, was a response to the ever-increasing numbers of people these organizations saw falling through the cracks because they didn't meet the requirements of existing housing programs. It is a unique local effort to create a spectrum of solutions to help community members gain and/or maintain their housing. The program is highly collaborative and flexible while maintaining a balance of accountability and sustainability to keep it effective in creating positive outcomes for the individuals and families that it serves. All CCHP participants receive varying levels of case management support from the six partnering agencies.


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This support is given in kind as part of the collaboration, pairing support services with much needed housing resources.

Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing , a local non-profit with an excellent reputation for developing innovative solutions for local housing-related issues that are sustainable and collaborative, was instrumental in the creation of this program. BAAH provided the initial seed money and has continued to provide ongoing financial support. Recently BAAH applied for and received a grant from the Thompson Trust for $15,000 to continue this program and further assist those in need. We are grateful to and thank the Thompson Trust for this generous gift of support.

To date, CCHP has provided close to $19,600 in support to 27 households, which includes 35 adults and 35 children. These are local individuals and families in our community who may have otherwise become homeless.

Darah P. Kehnemuyi, president of Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing Brattleboro, March 24

Editor of the Reformer:

On March 5th, the Winston Prouty Center for Child Development hosted its 2nd Annual Mini-Golf Classic Par for the Cause at its new home on the former Austine Campus. The Par is Prouty's new signature fundraising event and gala celebration. All proceeds from this event will go to support the purchase of the campus and renovations to the space we will be using for the Prouty Center.

We are grateful to the many volunteers (including members of the Board of Trustees, Prouty staff and families) who gave of themselves to ensure the success of the Par. We would like to acknowledge John Benouski and his staff at Sodexo at World Learning for their invaluable assistance.

We would like to thank our event sponsors, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, G.S. Precision, Inc., The Richards Group, The Trust Company of Vermont, and World Learning. The Par would not be possible without all of our sponsors and supporters. A complete list of these generous friends can be found in the program book on our website at www.winstonprouty.org/parforthecause. We would also like to thank Brown & Roberts, Windham Flowers, The Shoe Tree and Eric Annis, among others, for their generous donations to our raffle. We are honored to have community partners who believe in our mission to provide inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families.

For over 45 years, the Winston Prouty Center has been committed to supporting the growth of children and their families and recognizing all children as important members of their communities. We are grateful that so many share our vision for a world where all children and families have a strong start to live the promise of every child.

Chloe E. Learey Executive Director The Winston Prouty Center Brattleboro, March 15

Editor of the Reformer:

As we approach spring our blood donors deserve a big thank you for giving the "Gift of Life" this past year. For the year 2015, we collected a total of 823 pints of blood. The need for blood never diminshes. Blood donors, with all blood types are needed, particularly O negative, A negative, B negative and platelets. Donating blood is a simple way for blood donors to make a difference in the coming year.

We thank our contributors: VFW for the use of their building, Dunkin Donuts for donating doughnut holes, Subway for their subs, WTSA, WKVT and the Brattleboro Reformer. We look forward to their continued support for our drawings in 2016.

We especially thank our dedicated volunteers and the Red Cross staff from Manchester, N.H. – without you, our drives would not be possible.

Blood donors have the opportunity to donate blood the first Tuesday of every month at the Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road. Donor hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A heartfelt thank you to all.

Mildred M. Maloskie, chairperson, Blood Drives, ARC, Brattleboro, March 28