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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 |
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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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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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