Pathways Vermont Community Center supports adults who are at risk of contact with crisis services due to mental health distress, addiction or trauma – but are not accessing traditional support services.
Pathways Vermont Community Center (PVCC) opened it’s doors in May 2012 and has been a valued resource for individuals seeking community and alternative resources for mental wellness.
Pathways Vermont Community Center is located at 279 North Winooski Avenue, in Burlington’s Old North End.
weekly virtual groups amid covid-19
Pathways Vermont Community Center is committed to continuing to provide ways to find connection and community during this difficult time. Although we have sadly had to close our doors for the near future we have adapted our weekly groups on a virtual platform! Please click each group to be taken to the Zoom link. See you online!
Virtual Weekly Group Schedule
- Open Ears, Open Mind (Peer Support Circle), 1-2pm
Creating Community Alternatives
Pathways Vermont Community Center aims to cultivate a vibrant community that supports resilience through collective learning, creative exploration and mutual support. PVCC offers a range of services including support groups, individual peer support services, supportive employment services, art and music activities, wellness workshops and a welcoming space for people to spend unstructured time with access to free Wi-Fi, public computers, snacks, tea and coffee.
*Meal service is currently on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pathways Vermont Community Center offers regular meals to the public, free of charge. We offer meals at 5:00 pm on Wednesday evenings and 1:00 pm Thursday afternoons.
The Pathways Vermont Community Center’s employment team combines the principles of peer support with the evidence-based practice of Individualized Placement & Support- Supported Employment (IPS-SE) to help community members achieve employment goals. In addition to one-on-one employment support, the employment team facilitates an Employment Seekers Support Groups each week to allow for mutual support and low-barrier engagement in supported employment.
In 2015, Pathways Vermont Community Center was invited to join the Dartmouth Individual Placement and Support Collaborative due to its high performance in implementing the model. This relationship will not only support the strength of our Vermont-based program but will also allow the program to be involved in the ongoing development of the IPS-SE model.
*If you are seeking peer support during the coronavirus pandemic please call the Pathways Vermont Support Line at (833) VT – TALKS from 9am – 6am or attend one of our virtual groups listed at the top of this page!
Pathways Vermont Community Center is staffed by individuals who identify as having lived experience with issues such as mental health crisis, trauma, substance use and homelessness. Staff are trained to provide what is commonly referred to as “peer support.” Peer Support is a service delivery distinct from traditional mental health services. The peer approach to services encourages individuals to draw from their own lived experience when supporting others. This unique approach to relationships with service recipients has been proven effective in engaging individuals who might otherwise avoid mental health services and at promoting hope, resiliency and well-being.