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Jan Demers: Button up your overcoat

Posted on January 22, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



Jan F. Demers is the Executive Director of CVOEO and can be reached at 802-862-2771, ext. 740 or [email protected]

Three thousand twenty eight  fewer tons of CO2 in a year … More about that in a minute …

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Jan Demers: Appreciating the comforts and security of home

Posted on January 1, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



Late at night when other lights are dim, the sparkle from the tree and the glow under the angel are particularly beautiful. Sitting in the quiet, it is easy to absorb a sense of calm and enfolding peace and safety. The temperature has been quite cold and although we keep our home at a moderate temperature, this night the heat is turned up one more degree to add warmth to the room. At a moment like this, reflections turn to gratitude and knowing that being in this home is a great gift.

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Crystal family offers 'New Hope' to immigrants

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



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“My name is Fardowsa Ibrahim, 22 years old and a fourth year Medical Laboratory Sciences major at the University of Vermont. I identify as a first generation college student and as a Black, Muslim woman who wears a hijab. I was born in Kenya and my parents are from Somalia. I got married at 18 years old. I am a wife, full time student and mother. My parents came here because of war and wanted to give my siblings and me an opportunity to receive an education in a safe environment.”

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Opinion: Don’t let life’s barriers get in the way of real living

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



George led a team of six. They were three talented people who were homeless and three sturdy volunteers. In an hour’s time they were feeding 61 homeless individuals and families on a holiday when no other agency offered an evening meal. The location was CVOEO’s Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. The team leader was George Josler, recent graduate of the 23rd session of Community Kitchen Academy.

Community Kitchen Academy is a workforce development program managed by the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in partnership with the Vermont Food Bank.

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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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