Dedication planned to celebrate opening!

Hartford Dismas House

HDH Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Jonathan Sylvia, 

Tracy Dustin-Eichler,
Vice President

Gretchen Rittenhouse,

Bill Boyle

Lori Ladd Brown

Sue Buckholz

Wayne Gersen

Rita Kennedy

Barbara Lazar

Suzanne Lyons

Tim McCarthy

Martha McLafferty

Joyce Mechling

Jeffrey Nielsen

Gayle Ottman

Ed Piper

Nancy Russell

Cabot Teachout

Board support
Rita Whalen McCaffrey, founder

Francis McCaffrey

HDH Staff
Ben Andrews,
House Director

Debbie Diegoli, 
Asst. House Director


Dismas of VT Staff

Jan-Roberta Tarjan,
Executive Director


 Hartford Dismas House Opens

Volunteers and Staff on Moving-in Day

Vermont's fourth Dismas House opened in Hartford Village in March after extensive renovations by All Seasons Construction of Springfield.   The house accommodates up to eleven residents.  Volunteers accomplished the daunting task of moving in donated furnishings and cleaning the house in preparation for our first residents.

Since then, residents themselves have done a lot of exterior work on the house and property, including fencing the back yard.  Residents and staff planted trees and are almost done painting the exterior, with  help from volunteers.  The driveway has been paved, and the home has wheelchair access in the rear.

We are extremely grateful to the members of the Upper Valley community who have helped Hartford Dismas in so many ways.   Whether serving on boards or committees, shopping, soliciting or making donations, sewing curtains or quilts,  preparing meals or joining us for dinner, YOU have made this house possible.
RSVP to attend June 22nd
Dedication  & Buffet
5 pm, Greater Hartford UCC, 1721 Maple St., Hartford, VT
Tours of Hartford Dismas House will be given starting at 3:30 and finishing by 4:30 that afternoon.
Please reserve a space for dedication and/or tour. Email    

Hartford Dismas
Wish List

11 standing room fans
Large stock pot
Local eggs
Paper goods
10 sleeping bags
5 tents
2 large coolers
10 x 15 outdoor shed
Camping stove
8 head flashlights
2 hammocks
Funds for 10 fishing licenses
6 fishing poles
Fishing tackle
Lawn Mower
Weed whacker
Set of 4 black rockers for
 the porch

Volunteer openings:

Volunteer Cooks
Mon, Fri & fill-in openings

Volunteer Shopper
 Every other week

Photo above courtesy of
Rutland Dismas House.
Below: the first dinner at
Hartford Dismas House

Meet House  Director
Ben Andrews

Ben most recently worked as a case manager for HCRS (Health Care and Rehabilitative Services). He has solid experience and success working with men and women who struggle with substance addiction and mental health issues. He also has a significant background as a teacher for special needs students, including those with pronounced behavioral challenges. Ben comes highly recommended by his colleagues and supervisor, who emphasize his broad relational skills, his open and social nature, his organizational skills and his success with those he counseled. Ben, who resides in the Woodstock area, was formerly a business owner who sold his own fine wood furniture.

We  are pleased that
Debbie Diegoli, our former Outreach Coordinator, has stayed on as Assistant House Director.

More about Hartford Dismas

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