On December 16, 2020

Three Rutland organizations receive grant funding to improve the health in Rutland

The Bowse Health Trust (BHT) committee recently announced funding for three local projects.

This is the 25 year that BHT has awarded grant funds to collaborative community programs which measurably improve the health of Rutland County residents. The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment identified significant needs locally in housing, mental health (including substance use), and childcare and parenting. In addition, Covid-19 has further illustrated disparities for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

For these reasons, the 2021 grant recipients are: Mentor Connector, Turning Point Center of Rutland County, and Homeless Prevention Center.

Starting in January 2021, these organizations will receive BHT funding for three years and were selected because of critical need for these services within our community.

Mentor Connector

The Vermont Youth Project of Rutland County, housed within the Mentor Connector, is working to make Rutland County the best place in the nation for youth to grow and thrive. A collaborative of local agencies, school districts, community members, and most importantly youth, will work together to make system level changes to how our community supports young people. By addressing the systems that support youth, the group aims to develop physical space, programming, and parental supports that intends to create connections and strengthen young people’s resilience.

Turning Point Center

Over the next three years, the Turning Point Center of Rutland County will implement the Peer Recovery Outreach Program: PROP. This program aims to support people who are seeking or are in recovery from substance use disorder and families navigating the challenges of addiction in four rural communities within Rutland County and at an alternative city location. By providing technology with partnering locations in Fair Haven/Benson, Danby/Mt. Tabor, Brandon, Castleton, and at the Rutland Free Library, Turning Point will expand its evidenced-based services. Connecting people with trained Recovery Coaches will alleviate the elevated number of Opioid overdoses and give people much needed hope.

Homeless Prevention Center

Under the leadership of the Homeless Prevention Center, Multisite Supportive Housing Services will strengthen onsite assistance in Rutland County’s new and innovative supportive housing projects. Covid-19 has increased the health risks for many people experiencing homelessness, and simultaneously increased the number of people and families who are without housing.

Two specialized housing projects underway in Rutland will include HPC providing needed support to families and individuals utilizing temporary, transitional, and long-term housing to decrease the incidence and duration of homelessness.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

United Way of Rutland County names new exc. director

May 22, 2024
The United Way of Rutland County (UWRC) announced the appointment of Tina Van Guilder as its new executive director, May 17.  Van Guilder officially assumed her role as executive director May 6. With over seven years of direct non-profit leadership experience in the Rutland County area, coupled with recent roles focusing on grant coordination, budget…

Slate Valley school district to hold fourth vote on district budget

May 22, 2024
In response to the results of the last vote on May 9, and valuable community feedback during the school board meeting on May 13, the Slate Valley Unified Union School District will hold its fourth vote in an attempt to pass the budget on May 30. It will be a revote on the third FY25…

Where is the road construction this week? 

May 22, 2024
The Agency of Transportation produces this weekly report of planned construction activities that will impact traffic on state highways and interstates throughout Vermont. Hartford: Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 24, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., multiple concrete mixers will be moving in and out of the project area at either end of the…