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Opinion: Reach above the clouds

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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The trip was a long one, starting in New York and ending in Switzerland. The plane was large with three sections of seats across. Midflight the pilot said that we would be coming into some difficult weather. True enough the clouds turned dark and the plane started to jump and bump as did our stomachs and our emotions. Then, pre-warned by the Captain, we started to gain more altitude and push through the clouds to blue sky and a smooth ride. We were above the clouds.

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Opinion: Why and how we teach our children matters

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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More than 30 years ago I lived in a town with a population of 700. While it was idyllic it wasn’t perfect; however, all the children of the town were our children.

“I don’t know how you do it,” said one Dad after bringing his son to the Head Start classroom. It is a full day with 15 three- to five-year-olds in one room.

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Opinion: Song lyrics touch too close to everyday life

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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Where are we?

“Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham, Can you tell me where he’s gone?

He freed a lotta people, but it seems the good die young but I just looked around and he’s gone.”*

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Opinion: Need for dental care, insurance continues in state

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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Ouch!

I broke my tooth. Usually my dentist, who is excellent, can fill the broken area and I’m ready to go again. Not this time. It broke below the gum line and that meant oral surgery, months of healing and then a crown. The right side of my jaw is getting a work out and the left side is getting tender loving care. I’m not eating certain foods and I think I’m losing some weight. In perspective this is an easy fix because I have insurance and a good income. I am privileged.

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Jan Demers: Homelessness tool — we were skeptical

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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Showers are available every Tuesday and Thursday at the Red Door Church for those in the community who need them. This safe space also offers an opportunity for connection to resources for those who are experiencing homelessness. One guest came for a shower, took a VI-SPDAT and found a home. “Are you for real?” he said. He was skeptical to say the least. He had been homeless for years, living in camps and occasionally, when it got really cold, in an Emergency General Assistance Hotel.

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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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