County hopes to build mental health response team (12/22/21 Brattleboro Reformer)

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Healthworks, at Groundworks Collaborative, provides support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area.
The Healthworks team consists of a licensed mental health clinician from the Brattleboro Retreat, a vulnerable population care coordinator from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital who is a registered nurse, and a case manager from HCRS (Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services).

Stand With Us

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At Groundworks, we are steadfast in our dedication to our mission—working with people and systems to end hunger and homelessness for all people in our region—and we will not fail.  Stand with us.

Support Foodworks by Purchasing an Empty Bowl!

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Although there will not be an in-person Empty Bowls dinner this year, you can buy the beautiful, handcrafted, locally-made bowls you’ve come to expect in several local business storefronts.

Handcrafted bowls made by local potters are available to buy in the following locations for $25 each:

Everyone’s Books, The Kitchen Sync, Putney General Store, The Shoe Tree, and Zephyr Designs

Groundworks’ new Drop-In Center will open for 24-Hour Shelter starting Monday, August 16th

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In an effort to provide overnight shelter for a number of individuals currently living outdoors in the Brattleboro area, we plan to open the new Drop-In Center for 24-hour shelter, seven days a week, starting Monday, August 16th.

The new South Main Street Drop-In Center can provide shelter for up to 34 people per night.  The program (formerly known as the Seasonal Overflow Shelter or “SOS”) will launch with the hope that funding will allow the shelter to remain open for overnights year-round. 

The 12th annual Load the Latchis is Thursday, August 19th!

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Help us fill every seat in the historic Latchis Theatre by dropping off one or more bags of groceries—at the Flat Street side door—to stock the shelves at Foodworks!

You can make a monetary donation to fill a seat!  Every $20 we raise fills a seat in the theatre and allows Foodworks to provide a two-week box of food for a family of four!

The kind folks from REWIND 92.7 (formerly 92.7 Bratt FM) will be collecting food and donations at the FLAT STREET SIDE DOOR outside the Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro from 9am – 4pm on Thursday, August 19th.

Our new Groundworks Drop-In Center is Open!

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The new Groundworks Collaborative facility at 54 S. Main St. is opening this week, giving clients facing housing insecurity a break from the heat and access to vital services.

“We want to embody our tagline, which is ‘Basic needs met with dignity,” Josh Davis, executive director of Groundworks Collaborative, said Tuesday during a tour of the site.

He described the building being constructed for durability and to have “a very welcoming feel.”

Groundworks’ Amazon Wish List for Camping Gear

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Many thanks to Kelly Pedersen and Anne Bagasao, who created this Amazon Wish List to help us gather items needed to support our neighbors who have no option but to camp once the motel program narrows eligibility (starting on Thursday, July 1). If you are able, please consider checking out this wish list and purchasing one or more items to help us meet this tremendous need. Highlights Groundworks Projects at Former Lamplighter Motel, Dalem’s Chalet

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Chalet project

Kevin O’Connor wrote this informative story for VTDigger (2/7/2021) on the use of Coronavirus Relief Funds to help house Vermonters experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Groundworks and the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust have led the way in southern Vermont, collaborating in 2018 to open Great River Terrace (North Brattleboro) and now with the January 2021 opening of The Chalet (West Brattleboro). These permanent supportive housing communities are built on a model that is proven to end homelessness.