Parents, Seniors, Everyone Eats

As of Friday, the Lamoille area had 95 adults and 31 children experiencing homelessness. Lamoille County has had 36 new positive COVID cases in the past 14 days, and Orleans County has had 43. 9.3% of Lamoille County (1935 people) and 9.2% of Orleans County (2072 people) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sharing Priority

The Everyone Eats program offers free, delicious frozen meals at these locations in Lamoille County:

  • Lamoille Community Food Share (197 Harrel St, Morristown): Monday-Saturday, 9-11:30
  • Wolcott United Method Church (4023 VT Route 15): Fridays, 3:30-5:30
  • Lamoille Health Family Medicine, Morrisville (formerly Morrisville Family Health Care): take from freezer in waiting room during open hours.
  • Copley Hospital: Available for patients during appointments and on Tuesdays 3-5; call ahead 802-851-8894

No pre-registration needed, and all the food is made by local restaurants.

Questions: ereid@capstonevt.org

Seniors

The Vermont Senior HelpLine is 800-642-5119.

  • Like many Vermonters, seniors are eligible for 3SquaresVT, Vermont’s nutrition program that boosts people’s food budget. This can help seniors stay healthy and independent. They can help seniors get set up and can even come to people’s houses.
  • Seniors should call the HelpLine if they need help signing up for vaccination.

Medicare & You Workshops help individuals who are new to the Medicare system. Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) is offering these sessions remotely. Pre-register: medicareworkshops@cvcoa.org or 802-479-0531.

  • 2/10 (10-noon)
  • 2/24 (1:30-3:30)
  • 3/8 (2-4)
  • 3/23 (1:30-3:30)

Parents

The Dads’ Group is a great place to connect with other Dads, share successes and challenges and have some fun.

  • Every Tuesday 8-9PM on Zoom.
  • Contact Rob Cary at rcary@LRCVT.org or (802) 730-3000 for the link to the Zoom meeting.

Please share this video with any father who may want to be part of this supportive group.

The Moms in Recovery Support Program is tailored to support pregnant and parenting mothers (and their families) through their journey in recovery from Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). This includes one-on-one recovery coaching, workshops, help with navigation of community resources, childcare, and transportation assistance. Weekly peer support meetings:

Contact: crystal.morrissey@ncvrc.com, 802-635-0084

Parents and caregivers:

  • Does your child (age 0–6) have a physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition that needs health or behavioral services? 
  • Has your child ever been expelled from a childcare program or have you been told they were not a good fit?
  • Have you ever been called repeatedly to pick up your child early because of behavior issues? 

If so, your voice is needed. Vermont Child Development Division and University of Vermont are working together to understand how the early childhood system can better support children with special health needs in childcare settings. Register to attend a focus group session: 

  • Tuesday, February 9, noon –1:15
  • Wednesday, February, 10, 7– 8:15 pm 
  • Friday, February 12, 3–4:15
  • Sunday, February 14, 1:00–2:15 

Focus group participants will be compensated $25 for their time. Parents who can’t attend can take a survey. To register or take the survey, email Valerie.Wood@uvm.edu or use this link.

Mental Health Training

Free Vermont Department of Mental Health-sponsored training series for mental health professionals: “Inclusive Practices for LGBTQ+ Youth.” Training topics:

  • Gender & Sexuality 101
  • Recognizing and Resisting Implicit Bias
  • Inclusive Practices

Register here. CEUs available.

Pathway to Resilience, Train the Facilitator: offered by the Resilient Lamoille Group. Learn about the online Resiliency Toolkit and how to facilitate conversations with community members, as well as the  importance of your involvement 

HVAC Careers 

HVAC & Technician Career Exploration Panel. Learn more about training, careers, and jobs from people in the field:

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Learn more about the Working Communities Challenge in this video or this column. More information will come, and now is the time to learn about the extraordinary opportunity this presents our community.

What is LAH2S-RCC and what is the email?

LAH2S-RCC stands for the Lamoille Area Health and Human Services Response Command Center. This is a group of more than 30 area health and human services organizations that came together at the start of the pandemic to set and achieve goals to better serve our Lamoille+ area.

I serve as public information officer, and we have several ways of getting information out to the community. They all rely on keeping you, our community leaders, informed so that you can share information with those who need it.

  • This newsletter goes out weekly to approximately 500 area leaders.
  • The United Way of Lamoille County resource page is continually updated with local and state information. 
  • We can be found on Facebook and Instagram @LAH2SRCC.
  • We have a monthly column in the newspaper.