Get Help

If you are experiencing homelessness and need emergency temporary housing, the first step is to contact Vermont Economic Services at 800-479-6151 (Monday – Friday from 8am-4:30pm). After 4:30pm or on weekends or holidays, dial 2-1-1 to access this program.

If you run into any challenges in accessing these supports, please contact our staff (available 24/7 at 802-490-9446) to help troubleshoot next steps.  If email is easier for you, please feel free to email Karli at

Contact Groundworks

Groundworks Day Shelter

Note: Groundworks Drop-In Center is Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19

When the Day Shelter reopens after COVID, you can visit us in the newly constructed building at 54 South Main Street between 7am and 5pm M-F or Saturday mornings from 7am-noon if you need:

  • A Shower
  • Laundry
  • A Mailing Address
  • Access to a Phone
  • Coffee and Snacks
  • Shelter from the Weather
  • Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Outreach and Referrals
  • Opportunities for Service
  • Job Referrals



If you need food support in any way, Foodworks is here for you. Contact us at 802-490-2412 or if you need …

  • food to supplement your 3SquaresVT / SNAP / “food stamps” or if you would like to learn more about applying for these benefits.
  • two-week supplies of comprehensive food support (meat, produce, dairy, and shelf-stable foods).
  • one-time or as-needed help getting through a difficult month.
  • household supplies such as pet food, diapers, and toiletries.

Foodworks Hours for Curbside Pickup:

  • Mondays 11am-4pm
  • Wednesdays 1pm-6pm
  • Fridays 12pm-4pm,
  • and the last Saturday of each month from 9am-noon.

Tuesdays are reserved for deliveries for anyone who cannot make it to the program during open hours.

Click here to sign up for two weeks supply of groceries.

Brattleboro’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter

Groundworks Collaborative operates our community’s seasonal emergency shelter from early November through April each year, but is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.  We expect to open the 2021/2022 Seasonal Overflow Shelter in November 2021 in the new building at 54 South Main Street.  Please check back here for more information in the fall of 2021 and call Vermont Economic Services (contact information listed above) if you need emergency shelter now.

Groundworks Shelter

If you are experiencing homelessness or you anticipate becoming homeless and would like to be added to our waiting list for Groundworks Shelter, please provide your contact information using the Contact Groundworks form on this page. We will get in touch with you to complete a phone interview. To reach us by phone please call (802) 257-0066 x1104 and speak with the Advocate on duty.

Representative Payee Services

If you are a recipient of Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI) and need help managing your monthly budget and spending, Groundworks’ Representative Payee program may be a good fit for you. For more information, contact us at 802-257-0066 x1105 or 802-365-1360. Please note, from time to time, this program may have a waiting list.