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Opinion: See something, say something

Posted on July 1, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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She is a single mother of two children aged 8 and 10 years. The family became homeless initially due to domestic violence. She coped by staying at a motel while occasionally couch surfing at a family member’s home for nearly four months. The family found an apartment and applied for security deposit assistance through the Housing Opportunity grant.

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Opinion: CVOEO surveys help shape services for struggling families

Posted on May 26, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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Opinion: Old home gets new lease on life

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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She is a native Vermonter with roots going back to Samuel de Champlain in 1609. This 68-year-old artist is a 7th generation Vermonter who bought an abandoned house in 1974 to make it her home.

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Opinion: Are leaders born or raised?

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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She sang for the U.S.O. in Vietnam going places Bob Hope wouldn’t go. She entertained at the Purple Onion in San Francisco following in the footsteps of the Smothers Brothers and Phyllis Diller. She was kicked out of Brigham Young University for refusing to stop the work on the Equal Rights Amendment. Nina Wyatt Harrington received her B.A. and M.B.A from San Francisco University working all day in computer sales and going to college and singing at cabarets at night.

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Opinion: CVOEO financial classes help students, others weather difficulty

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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What you read in the news we see every day.

Andrew was on his way to earn a Ph.D. He had just graduated from college concentrating on Physical Biochemistry. He was also in a dangerous financial situation. His student stipend didn’t begin to enable him to make ends meet. Andrew began working with a CVOEO financial coach.

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Opinion: Learning about taxes, and about life

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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“I was offered the opportunity to learn more about the American tax system while volunteering in my local community as a VITA intern for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. As a local anti-poverty agency, CVOEO acts as an incredible resource for Vermonters with low income. Having the ability to work with members of the local community was my favorite part of the internship. 

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Opinion: Just over the edge to receive financial help

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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What happens when you are one percent over the eligibility limit? You need help and help is so close but the edge of the cliff is crumbling underneath you.

She had come to our office ten years ago and needed help paying for fuel. Year after year the cold of winter brought her back. She just didn’t have enough money to get her through the cold times. That is one face of poverty. After obtaining a new, higher paying job fuel assistance wasn’t necessary. We hadn’t seen her for the last five years.

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Bridging gaps, building futures: A purple ribbon

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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Opinion: SNAP helps folks get food, changes people's worlds

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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She is a single mom. Her daughter was seven years old and stood by her side. They were about to leave the CVOEO Food Shelf when staff overheard the little girl say to her mom in a whisper “You forgot to pay.” Then with a smile that changed our world she said, “Mom, we’ve got to come to this grocery store more often.”

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Opinion: Head Start supports children and empowers parents

Posted on September 10, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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“What a perfect boy. He weighed four pounds and was five weeks early. Kaleb and Mary taught me to go with the flow. I am not going to be a perfect parent but I can learn how to teach my son, now.”

Jennifer McSweeney is a Head Start Parent and volunteers her time as a member of Policy Council. Mary Fiorini is a Head Start Teacher and a Home Visitor. She has been with Head Start for 26 years. Each week for an hour and a half Mary visited Jennifer and her son Kaleb in their home.

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