What is Groundworks Collaborative?
Groundworks Collaborative was established in 2015 following the merger of two well-established organizations: the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center and Morningside Shelter (having previously been in existence for 27 and 36 years respectively). Groundworks Collaborative provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing a full continuum of housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area.
- 2018 Impact Report
- 2017 Groundworks Annual Report
- 2016 Groundworks Planning Report
- 2019-2020 Groundworks Strategic Plan
Groundworks operates our region’s largest and busiest food shelf program: Foodworks.
Open Monday—Friday, 9am-4pm, for curbside pickup by appointment, or to schedule a delivery.
Donations of non-expired, unopened, and shelf-stable food items can be made during these hours at the rear door of Foodworks. If donating perishable items, please give us a call at 802-490-2412.
Foodworks is currently serving twice as many households as we were pre-COVID. With so many of our neighbors still out of work and experiencing the long-term effects of COVID, we expect this increased need to carry on for the foreseeable future.
Foodworks is located at 141 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT. To reach Foodworks directly, please call: 802-490-2412
Groundworks Shelter is a year-round 30-bed shelter for families and individuals. The Shelter offers an extended stay and provides all residents intensive case management, working collaboratively with area non-profit and public agencies to help people connect to a wide range of services including: job training and placement, medical and mental health treatment, family and substance abuse counseling, budget management, nutrition, health education, parenting and child care services, and assistance in identifying and applying for subsidized housing opportunities. Groundworks Shelter operates at capacity throughout the year and maintains a waiting list for entry. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please click here.
Groundworks Drop-In Center – Groundworks provides a safe place where our neighbors experiencing homelessness can come in out of the weather and access services such as email, telephones, laundry, showers, a mailing address, coffee and snacks, and a kitchen to prepare a meal. Beginning in the fall of 2021, the Drop-In Center will also provide a warm place to sleep and a hot meal each night for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
Housing Support Case Management – Our team of Case Managers work with over 100 area households who are currently and formerly experiencing homelessness to help them find and/or maintain stable housing. For many of the families and individuals with whom we work, our case management model includes weekly home visits to ensure that clients are setting and meeting goals to address the challenges that may have led to their homelessness. The Housing Support Case Management program is supported in part by a grant from the United Way of Windham County.
The Representative Payee Program provides financial management by serving as an intermediary between those receiving Social Security disability payments and their benefits. The program ensures that rent and basic living expenses are paid before spending money is disbursed to clients, which keeps participants on budget and in good financial standing, thereby preventing future threat of homelessness. The Representative Payee program is supported in part by a grant from the United Way of Windham County.
We work every day supporting people with a number of challenges that lead to food and housing insecurities. We realize that real change will not come until the overall system – that allows people to be homeless and hungry – changes. Changeworks is a committee made up of Groundworks Board members and community volunteers, working to:
- increase awareness around the issues families and individuals experiencing homelessness and food insecurity face in our region;
- actively engage and involve local, State, and Federal agencies and officials to help achieve systemic change; and
- create opportunities for clients to participate and lead advocacy efforts.
The Vulnerable Population Care Coordinator is a Registered Nurse and employee of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital who is available on-site at Groundworks Drop In Center for 16 hours each week. A member of BMH’s Community Health Team, the VPCC helps clients to connect with a Primary Care Physician, makes referrals to dental, counseling, and other specialists, and often accompanies clients to medical appointments as an advocate.
Groundworks hosts a Licensed Mental Health Clinician from the Brattleboro Retreat for 40 hours each week – offering early recovery and clinical counseling support to residents of Groundworks Shelter.