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Discovering Potential and Purpose

Ronni has spent their whole life putting the care of other people in front of their own needs. Known as “Mom” to their friends, Ronni has helped others experiencing homelessness to seek help while avoiding outside help for themselves. For years, Ronni lived out of a van in the impromptu camps located around the Burlington […]


A Place to Finally Call Home

Gloria and Greg have been together for over 18 years years. Greg grew up in a large family, he was one of nine children. He enlisted in the Army when he was 21 and served in the 101st Airborne, was deployed in Germany, and was later stationed in Washington D.C. to assist with funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. […]


Volunteer Highlight: Maggie Jones

“I am currently working as a Registered Nurse at Central Vermont Medical Center while I pursue my Doctorate of Nursing Practice at UVM in order to become a Nurse Practitioner. I first heard of the Housing First model in a public health class. I appreciate that Pathways Vermont seeks to understand the unique needs of […]


A Fresh Start Through Housing

Desiree has been working with our Housing First Department of Corrections Program for over 6 months and is now full of hope for her future. Below, she reflects upon her life’s journey up until this point.  “I grew up in West Berlin, Vermont. I loved growing up here. It was nice to be able to go […]


Providing Home And Community

Tess Taylor, a landlord in Barre, who has worked with Pathways Vermont’s Housing First Department of Corrections Participants for close to a decade recently sat down with our Development Director, Pat Gallagher. The following is their conversation. Pat: Why do you work specifically with people coming out of the corrections system? Tess: In all the people I’ve housed I’ve seen that […]


Ethan’s Story

“My name is Ethan Thomas, I was born in Vermont in 1989 and was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs and went to college full time to support my brother and I.  Homelife was tough at times with a mother constantly on the go, a brother who was an alcoholic, and an […]


Ali’s Testimony

Ali Jafari has worked for Pathways Vermont for over 3 years now. They started as a Resident Support Staff at the Pathways Vermont Soteria House and most recently has been an operator with the Pathways Vermont Support Line. We asked Ali to share their story in front of the House Healthcare Committee at the Statehouse […]


Kristine

“My name is Kristine. I’m 32 years old and I’ve been a participant of the Pathways Vermont Housing First Program for three years now. I’ve had a lot of setbacks that made my life feel unmanageable. I became pregnant when I was 16 and I gave birth to my first daughter on my 17th birthday, […]


Jed in Brattleboro

My time spent being homeless was exhausting. I was constantly emotionally and physically drained. I developed blisters on the soles of my feet that didn’t heal seem to heal. It was very painful. The community helped me out wherever and whenever they could. I was given a sleeping bag, pillow and a mat and I […]


Justin in Middlebury

It was a brisk fall day in Middlebury, Vermont when we met Justin on his front patio, overlooking beautiful mountain views. Justin was all smiles as he welcomed us into his home. “You know this is only the second time I’ve opened this door!” he shared. About an hour prior to our arrival, Justin had […]