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Introducing a New Vocational Program at Headrest

In April, 2018 Headrest created a Vocational/Employment Program with the primary goal of serving individuals with Substance Use Disorders and other barriers to employment. Our goal is to assist individuals obtain and retain career-ladder employment earning a livable wage thus relying less on public assistance. We strongly believe that individuals in recovery have a much better chance of staying in recovery if they have a job with the resources to support themselves and their families.

Our Vocational Program offers Pre-Employment and Work Readiness skills that include, but are not limited to interview skills, mock interviews, soft skills training, etc. Clients will participate in creating a portfolio that includes a resume, references, credentials, etc. We also provide assistance with Interest and Skills Assessments to determine a field or field(s) of interest. Each client will then participate in job development activities such as job tours, Interest Interviews, job shadows and job search activities as needed. Once employment is obtained, support is then provided to the employee and the employer to facilitate a successful outcome.

We are happy to discuss ways in which we may be a resource in providing vocational services to other agencies in the Upper Valley.

For more information about our Vocational Program please contact Lori A. Bartlett, M.Ed. our new Vocational Specialist. She may be reached at Headrest 603 448-4872 X 116 or lori.bartlett@headrest.org.

Information regarding Headrest may be found at www.headrest.org.

Parkhurst Community Housing, Ribbon Cutting June 2018

On June 7, 2018, Twin Pines Housing held a ribbon cutting for Parkhurst Community Housing at 10 Parkhurst Street, followed immediately by the 2018 Annual Meeting across the street at the Upper Valley Senior Center.

The apartment complex is a collaboration between Twin Pines Housing and the Upper Valley Haven. The Valley News reported on the project last year, and was available to share news of the ribbon cutting at the beginning of the month.


Individuals involved in Housing First Upper Valley pose in front of the soon-to-be-opened apartment complex at the ribbon cutting.


Andrew Winter, Executive Director of Twin Pines Housing, speaks to those in attendance at the ribbon cutting.


The sign in front of Parkhurst Community Housing.

UV Democrats Panel: A Community Response to Homelessness

(From NH Upper Valley Democrats)

The program was recorded and uploaded to YouTube; you can watch it here.

Monday, May 21: A Community Response to Homelessness

Ann Garland, co-chair of the Upper Valley Democrats

Ann Garland, co-chair of the Upper Valley Democrats, opened the meeting.

Devin Wilkie, chair of Affordable Housing and Homelessness committee

Devin Wilkie, chair of the UVD Affordable Housing and Homelessness committee, set the stage for the evening. He explained that around the fall of 2016, the City of Lebanon passed an ordinance banning camping on public property, and as a result a group of dedicated individuals representing organizations, our elected officials, and concerned community members have been meeting every month to discuss how to address issue of homelessness and how to help those members of our community who are the most vulnerable. Tonight’s program  is the outcome.

Devin introduced George Sykes, moderator and ranking member of the Transportation Committee, who in turn introduced the panelists:

  • Susan Almy serves on the House Ways and Means committee
  • Andrew Winter is Executive Director of Twin Pines Housing Trust
  • Sara Kobylenski is Executive Director of the Upper Valley Haven

For the video of the presentation and Q&A, please click here.

We have captured a few quotes from the panelists, but they do not come close to doing justice to the evening discussion. You can watch the video for the whole program here. 

George Sykes, Moderator

Rep. George Sykes, D-Lebanon, moderator, “I implore you to become knowledgeable about the positions of your state representatives and your other elected officials, query them strongly on where they stand on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing, and make sure you vote.”

Susan Almy, D-Lebanon

Rep. Susan Almy, D-Lebanon, “Across the Upper Valley, the homeless of all stripes are found in winter as well as in greater numbers in summer, in tents, cars, friends’ couches, shelters, a camper behind a friend’s house, or in a forest belonging to an absentee landlord. Many become homeless suddenly, due to loss of jobs, illness and accidents, and inability to earn enough to pay the rent or mortgage.”

Andrew Winter, Twin Pines Housing Trust

Andrew Winter, Twin Pines Housing Trust,            “Ten Parkhurst (housing for chronically homeless and extremely low income members of the community) here in Lebanon is the first project of its kind in the entire country using national Housing Trust Fund money, and it happened because of the partnership between Twin Pines Housing Trust and the Upper Valley Haven.”

Sara Kobylenski, Upper Valley Haven

Sara Kobylenski, Upper Valley Haven, “In 2015, a survey showed about 125 individuals who were homeless without any kind of resource in the core upper valley towns.”

Sue Almy, D-Lebanon

“George and I forced the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow the homeless to register their cars, and thus to retain their cars, and be able to sleep in their cars, and go look for a place to live in their cars, and look for a job.”

Sara Kobylenski, Upper Valley Haven

“Shelter needs have been creeping up since 2014, and this year we were running 18 extra beds and some nights they were all filled. “

Andrew Winter, Twin Pines Housing Trust

“There is a shortage of five thousand units in our region, based on a 2012 assessment. Businesses are telling us there are literally thousands of jobs that are vacant and the only way you are going to bring people to the upper valley is if you have a place to house them.”

We thank the panelists for their participation.

Want to help?  You can reinforce with time or money the human services needed for those in temporary shelter, help out at Twin Pines, at LISTEN, with Silent Warriors, or with forming a group to explore and defend options for a seasonal or permanent shelter on the NH side of the river to expand the Haven’s work.

A Community Response to Homelessness

A Community Response to Homelessness

May 21, 2018 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Upper Valley Senior Center  | 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, NH 03766

Open to the public | Co-sponsored by the Lebanon Democrats and the Upper Valley Democrats

Doors open @ 5.30 p.m. | Potluck @ 6 p.m. | The program will begin at 6.30 p.m.

 

As a community we should be attentive to the needs of all members, and when some of those needs aren’t met, we ask ourselves: what is happening, and how can we help?

In the fall of 2016 the City of Lebanon passed an ordinance banning camping on public property, which harms the homeless most of all and which has effects throughout the Upper Valley.

In this context, we ask: Why are they Homeless? What resources are available for them, and how are they made available? What is being done to address homelessness and to protect those who are among the most vulnerable in our community?

A working group of professionals and concerned citizens began meeting once the ordinance was passed and has been meeting monthly since then; at our May panel, some of the members of this working group will discuss what has happened, what the service providers in the Upper Valley are doing, and what we as a community can do to help.

 

  • George Sykes will be moderating the panel. George is the Ranking Democrat on the Transportation committee, Chair of the Grafton County Delegation, and in his third term representing the City of Lebanon. He is also an American Red Cross Disaster Response volunteer as well as a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Panelists:

  • Susan Almy is a Democratic member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Lebanon since 1996. She serves on the Ways and Means committee. As of 2008, she also chairs the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.  Sue was ACLU board chair for 6 years, and is  still on the board. She has also been involved in housing initiatives in various ways for two decades.
  • Andrew Winter is Executive Director of Twin Pines Housing Trust since 2012.  During his tenure, he has overseen significant growth in its multi-family portfolio from 240 units to 417, with more than 100 additional units in various stages of predevelopment, including supportive, senior and general occupancy housing.
  • Dawn Ferringo is the Prevention Services Division Director for Tri-County CAP and oversees the day-to-day operations and directs, administers and coordinates the activities for the agency’s Prevention Programs (Homeless Intervention and Prevention Services, The Support Center at Burch House, The Tyler Blain Homeless Shelter, and Guardianship Services).
  • Sara Kobylenski has been Executive Director of the Upper Valley Haven since March 2009. Sara came to the Haven from her role as a Field Services Director for the Vermont Agency of Human Services.

 

For more information:

uvdems@uppervalleydemocrats.com

(802) 478-0188

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