What is Groundworks Collaborative?

__NIK5851Groundworks 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.

Our Programs

foodCMYKFoodworks

Groundworks operates our region’s largest and busiest food shelf.

Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am to 4pm, and on Tuesdays for seniors only from 1pm to 4pm, the food shelf serves roughly 1300 individuals (290 households) each month.

housingCMYK

  • 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.
  • HousingworksGroundworks Seasonal Overflow Shelter – Open from November through the end of April, the Groundworks Seasonal Shelter provides a warm place to sleep and a hot meal each night for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
  • Groundworks Day Shelter – 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, coffee and snacks, as well as a kitchen to prepare a meal, donated clothing, books, toys and other household items.

supportCMYKSupportworks

Intensive Case Management – Our team of case managers work with people 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.

Crisis Case Management – Our case management team work together to ensure that even those with short-term needs can utilize supports through Groundworks.  Case managers rotate at the South Main Street location, to ensure that no one in need will be turned away from accessing supports for immediate needs.

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 in good financial standing, thereby preventing future threat of homelessness.

changeCMYK

ChangeworksWe 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.

health

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 16 hours each week – offering early recovery and clinical counseling support to residents of Groundworks Shelter.