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Hartford Dismas Has Successful First Year.
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Your Support Makes Hartford Dismas House Possible
What a year it’s been!  Your amazing generosity renovated, furnished, readied and populated the only transitional house for prisoners in the Upper Valley!  Since we opened our doors on March 11, 2014 we have had over 1,800 overnight stays.  The house is now almost full, with a growing waiting list.
We were happy that so many of you were able to join us for our Dedication in June.  We're so grateful to our Volunteer Cooks who have prepared and joined us for over 175  dinners since we opened.  Many thanks as well to all those who gave in-kind donations - from bedding to curtains to furniture to paint.  The house looks beautiful because of the generosity of the  Upper Valley community - and all of the work the residents have put into it!







Dismas provides individuals with an opportunity to reintegrate their productivity to the community.  We're a collection of brothers, sisters, daughters and sons supporting one another in learning to live sober, caring and responsible lives.
Hartford Dismas residents have demonstrated their keen desire to contribute. Did you know that we have had almost 100% employment at the house? Or that residents volunteered their time and talent to paint the entire Hartford house, build the fence and plant forty-four landscaping trees?
By living our mission of reconciliation and restoration, Dismas House helps individuals and the larger community pull away from the quagmire of over-incarceration, addiction and homelessness. We must continue to work together to be part of the solution.  Please join us in being part of social change and second chances for those who need it most.
All gifts are tax deductible. Please send your contribution to Hartford Dismas House, PO Box 174, Hartford, VT 05047 or donate online at http://www.dismasofvermont.org/hartford.htm.
Thank you for your support!




Vern painting the upper part of the house. (For additional photos see our facebook page.)

State Fair Fundraiser ”Vermonters for Vermonters”
We enjoyed a beautiful day at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland, where Dismas of Vermont was one of three non-profits selected to benefit from a rock mega-concert on the grandstand. Musicians from as far away as Nashville, Atlanta and Germany, as well as our own Vermont talent, were featured in a program organized by well-known rock guitarist extraordinaire Joey Leone to raise awareness of the opiate epidemic in Vermont.
A whole community of volunteers, musicians and local businesses made this concert happen. Musicians, staging, food, and almost all expenses were donated, including the venue at the State Fair. Face painting, a flash-mob dance, face-painting, t-shirts and speeches from the three non-profits and from Rutland Mayor Louras and Governor Shumlin were featured. Co-beneficiaries were Project Vision and the Vermont Recovery Network.

Click here for WCAX video..

THANK YOU TO THE DARTMOUTH '18s WHO DONATED THEIR TIME TO HARTFORD DISMAS ON THE GRANITE UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING!
Hartford Dismas House
PO Box 174, Hartford, VT 05047
802-698-8661
http://www.dismasofvermont.org/
Location: 1673 Maple St, Hartford Village
 
Jan, Ben and Rita at the State Fair

Cooks' Corner

A huge thank you to this fall's cooks:
St. Thomas Episcopal
Celia, Merrilyn
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Faith & Ed
Hartford Restorative Justice
St. James Episcopal
Upper Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Dartmouth Al-Nur
Norwich Congregational
Barb & Joel
Joyce, Kathy, Janet
Hanover Friends Meeting
Dartmouth Prison Project
Upper Valley Food Co-op 
Suzanne & friends
Valley Insight
Mindfulness Practice Center
Brandy
Rita M
Jane & Peter
Elizabeth E
Charlotte
Elizabeth F
Geisel-DMS students
Robin & Steve
Toni
Jack & Julie
Joan & Tom, Carol & Joe
Tucker Foundation Staff
Many of these folks have cooked several times!       We are grateful to everyone who has shared an evening meal with us!

Thank you, too, to our volunteer shoppers:

Barbara
Elizabeth & Andrew
Pam (Panera delivery)
VOLUNTEER OPENINGS:
  • Regular monthly cooks
  • Cooks for occasional meals
  • Volunteer shopper, on fill-in basis
Contact: debbie@dismasofvermont.org
802-698-8661.
 
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