Groundworks Can Help

Groundworks Collaborative provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro, Vermont area.  We provide emergency foodshelter, and comprehensive supportive services, including our representative payee service.

If you’re in need of help, please complete and submit our contact form, or read on for more information about our programs. 

Contact Groundworks

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Housing Assistance

Emergency Temporary Housing

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

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.

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 summer of 2021 and call Vermont Economic Services (contact information listed above) if you need emergency shelter now.

Groundworks Day Shelter

Note: Groundworks Drop-In Center is Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19, please see the information above if you need emergency temporary housing

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
  • To apply for 3SquaresVT and other benefits
  • Opportunities for Service
  • Job Referrals

Food Assistance


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. You can also call 1-800-479-6151 to request a copy of the application.
  • 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 Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup is available at Foodworks during the following hours.  See link below for the Curbside Pickup form.

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

Click here to print out and complete the Curbside Pickup form if you want to shorten your wait.

Foodworks Delivery

Foodworks will deliver two-week supplies of comprehensive food support (meat, produce, dairy, and shelf-stable foods) to those who are unable to pick up food during our open hours. Click here to complete the delivery order form if you need a delivery. Please note, deliveries are made on Tuesdays only and need to be scheduled in advance. Please call or email us if you have questions.

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 802-365-1360. Please note, from time to time, this program may have a waiting list.