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A Story of Strength and Survival

Jenn (pictured right above holding her dog Chloe) grew up in what she described as a “pretty amazing family.” She spent most of her childhood working on farms and discovered a special love of horses. Jenn trained show and race horses and also witnessed the therapeutic nature of the animals. “We would work with kids […]

Jeff in Brattleboro

“When I first crossed paths with Pathways it was July of 2012 and I had checked into the Brattleboro Retreat and struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues (depression and anxiety) for a long time. I pretty much had hit another bottom. I checked in there and stayed for six weeks and from there […]

Sabrena and Michelle

We met Sabrena, Michelle and their two baby boys, Duncan and Andrew back in July. Through our veterans housing program we were able to find them a lovely apartment in Winooski to call home. They now have big plans for themselves and their family. Here is Sabrena and Michelle’s story in their own words: Sabrena: […]

Howard at the Community Center

When Pathways Vermont launched the Pathways Vermont Community Center ( originally The Wellness Co-op) in 2012 we had a vision of a space where people from different parts of the community could come together to learn, connect, and grow…and what better way to do that then with a community meal? With a Community Development Block […]

Meet Lachlan

“I think it was some sort of miracle that I ended up here, because I don’t know what would have happened otherwise. They’ve been very understanding what some of my strengths and weaknesses are. But it’s been up to me, I haven’t been enabled. They’ve given me potential directions to go in and it’s been […]

Jonathan in Barre

Pathways met Jonathan a little over a year ago when he first entered our Department of Corrections Housing First Program. He had found himself in a cycle of homelessness and incarceration that he wanted to stop. Over the last year, we have been privileged to watch Jon get on his feet and start to build […]

Mary in Westminster

Meet Mary and her dog Nellie from Westminster. After a number of unfortunate events, Mary found herself homeless. Now, safely housed, Mary and Nellie are looking forward to the future once more. “My mother had started a non-profit organization and I worked there 32 years full time, I had a night job and went to […]

John in Rutland

We met John at his new home in Rutland, where he had decorated the house for the holidays with his four children. John, a veteran of the U.S, Marine Corps and National Guard, obtained housing through the Pathways Vermont Rapid Re-Housing Programs for veterans and their families. “I was moving around with friends, hotel rooms, […]

Raphael & Natasha

We first met Raphael and Natasha at the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes. Now, months later, they are housed in a lovely apartment in Bristol. Here is their story: “When we first met Pathways we were actually living in our van in Middlebury and that was quite hard. We were lucky to be homeless in […]