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Health trust makes grants

The Bowse Health Trust Committee is pleased to announce that it has approved funding for three new programs. The projects will receive up to three years of funding starting in 2018. In twenty years the Bowse Health Trust has funded a total of 60 programs, which target residents of all ages in a variety of Rutland County communities. With the additional $299,278 awarded in this round, the Bowse Health Trust has now committed over $4 million to improve the health of the community.

The projects that are chosen include:

Peer recovery support services for substance abuse hosted by Turning Point Center

The goal of the Turning Point Center’s program is to provide pre-release recovery support to individuals at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility. Recovery coaches are people in recovery who have experience with substance use. The peer support relationships will be continued after the individual is released, helping the individual with his or her own recovery. Partners include: Sanctuary House, Homeless Prevention Center, Probation and Parole, and Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility.

Opioid family mentoring program hosted by The Mentor Connector

The goal of the opioid family mentoring program is to provide supports for families in which a parent is undergoing treatment for opioid use disorder. The family as a whole and the individual children will receive mentorship services backed by evidence-based practice. The intent of family mentorship is to increase resiliency, improve life skills and self-sufficiency, and decrease the prevalence of generational substance use. Partners include: Rutland County Court Diversion and Restorative Justices, Rutland Mental Health, West Ridge Center.

Job connection hosted by Goodwill Industries of Northern New England 

The objective of the Job Connection program is to provide assistance with finding jobs, comprehensive workforce readiness development, and life navigation to people who have struggled with finding employment due to barriers in their personal lives. The program is designed to help participants find work which provides income, and then builds on that to provide stability and independence in an individualized, strength-based approach. Partners include: BROC, Project Vision, the Rutland Regional Workforce Investment Board, and Casella.

The Bowse Health Trust was developed in 1996 by the Rutland Regional Health Services, the parent company of Rutland Regional Medical Center.  The Health Trust provides seed money to fund projects in the Rutland Region that are aimed at improving the health status of residents.

The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2018. Grants are awarded on an annual basis. The application information is posted on the RRMC website ( For more information call  802-776-5503.

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