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Jan Demers, Bridging Gaps, Building Futures: Good deeds to meet pressing needs

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



“Get in the van! We are going!” She gave her friend little choice. After avoiding doctors for years, one friend had listened to the other tell of pain and had seen her gait change. The result of the trip in the van was that the doctor found a tumor in her friend’s back and surgery was scheduled. Following surgery there was a complete recovery.

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Safe and Efficient Living Futures program helps owners repair homes

Posted on July 31, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



Jan F. Demers, is the executive director of CVOEO.

 

It all adds up.

Fresh, firm red strawberries spooned over a warm, flaky homemade biscuit, topped with whipped cream. Strawberry shortcake: perfect for any time of year but especially nice in the summer. Each component is good by itself, even the whipped cream. Together they are a spectacular offering.

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Jan Demers: From a pitchfork to tableware

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



I could “hear” the sparkle in her eyes and a love of life in her voice. We were speaking over the phone and this amazing woman told me of her love of gardens and children. She was talking with me about the Farm to Family coupons and in the telling I learned about her own gardens and the way that she cared for her family. Fresh vegetables were on her table. Some were purchased through the Three Square Program, some came from her garden and after June 26, she will go to the Farmer’s Market and purchase farm raised vegetables with her Farm to Family Coupons.

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Jan Demers, Bridging gaps, building futures: Have you ever asked yourself if you can relate to poverty?

Posted on June 19, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



Can you relate to poverty?

We had moved to another state so that my husband could work on his Master’s Degree. He was making $35 a week. Housing came with a job he had taken while at Boston University and we were paying our bills. How, I don’t know. What I do know is how to make a chicken last a week for a family of four. First you roast it. The next day you make a casserole from what is left. After that, the bones are boiled for a good long time and you make soup. 

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Micro business program helps develop young firms

Posted on April 20, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



“I have consistently doubled my income for the last three years.  This year my gross is so far past my wildest expectations of what I thought I could do!”

Johannes Ziegler, owner of JZ Carpentry LLC, began working with CVOEO’s Micro Business Program in 2011. He had a dream of owning his own business and he worked on that dream until it became a reality. Johannes’ small business emphasizes craftsmanship, and helping people realize their dreams for perfecting their homes. That is economic development at its finest.

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Jan Demers, CVOEO provides services to welcome new Americans

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



When my family gathers for dinner we think carefully about the menu. My daughter and daughter-in-law are lactose intolerant. Two of us have diabetes. One daughter-in-law doesn’t eat beef or pork. Another can’t be in the same room with anything having to do with fish without risking a severe allergic reaction. Thoughtful planning ensures that we have wonderful meals and even more fulfilling conversations.

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Volunteers are ready to help you file taxes

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



MIDDLEBURY — “It is eye opening for these young accounting students to see how little people can earn and stay alive.” Larry Kupferman has been a volunteer for CVOEO’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for close to ten years now. He was speaking about students from Champlain College, UVM and St. Michaels who volunteer their time completing Federal and State returns for families and individuals with low income.

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Vermont sets major goal for weatherizing homes

Posted on July 21, 2016 |
By Jan Demers



It took all I had not to turn and inch my way down the ladder. The attic was approaching 120 degrees. My covering consisted of a Tyvek suit tied at the ankles with foot coverings, gloves, mask and a headlamp. It was a small attic with a low ceiling. Heather and Kevin were blowing insulation. They had already applied a line of foam sealing. I was determined to stay in the stifling heat and carefully walked on the planks so as not to go through the ceiling. It was an experience of 15 minutes that will be long remembered. They were saving the world one house at a time.

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Opinion: Crisis, emergency repair and a long term fix

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Jan Demers



It was Friday night and he had no heat. His furnace was broken beyond repair. He was elderly, living alone and without any means to pay for a new furnace. CVOEO’s Crisis Fuel Program and then the Weatherization Emergency Heating program were called. Jeremy Francis, a CVOEO auditor, met him at his home. The furnace was replaced on Saturday morning. It was an emergency. The furnace needed to have an immediate fix or he could not stay in his home.

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Hero or Superhero? Jan Demers on bridging gaps, building futures

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Jan Demers



She is a single mom with two young daughters. She was self-employed and contributing to our economy and hers; that is, until an accident derailed life and her income stopped.

He was working on starting a business. At the same time his gas was shut off. He is using electric heaters to keep warm and boiling his water on the stove for dishes and bathing.

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