Human Services

Jason's Story

When Jason began working with the Vermont Legal Aid attorney at Safe Recovery, he was homeless and struggling to stay in treatment at the Chittenden Clinic. Following a referral from his case manager at Safe Recovery, his attorney successfully appealed a subsidized housing denial and ultimately was able to secure a housing voucher and supportive mental health services for Jason and his girlfriend. The voucher ended a 5-year period of homelessness for Jason—a period that led to countless police interactions and traumatic experiences that exacerbated his substance use disorder.

Protecting our Kids

It was his parents' worst nightmare. In May 1998, Danny Keysar was found dead in his licensed childcare home in Chicago. The top rails of a Playskool Travel-Lite portable crib had collapsed, strangling him. Shockingly, the crib had been recalled five years earlier; yet his parents, caregiver, and the state inspector who visited the site days earlier were not aware of the recall. Danny was the crib's fifth victim. A total of 19 children have died in portable cribs of similar faulty design.

Maggie's Journey

Home is where children take their first steps in life, where they discover love. It's the magical place where they learn to explore their world feeling safe, secure, and accepted. But five-year-old Maggie's journey started with an alarming realization: she was fifteen months, and still didn't respond to her name, hold eye contact, or play with toys. "As first-time parents, we were very scared," says Hannah, Maggie's mother.

One of the most incredible days of my life

A beautiful day in Owatonna MN became one of the most incredible days of my life. I traveled from Illinois to participate in a banner presentation ceremony with Diana, Co-Founder of the Silver Star Families Of America Organization. As we arrived at the American Legion it was overflowing with people. After the introduction I read the Governor's Proclamation for the Veterans Day Ceremony, Diana gave a speech and read a poem. Each name was called as the banners and certificates were presented to the past war's wounded veterans.

Our survivor Support Volunteers are beacons of light

Support Volunteer SpotlightCancer Hope Network provides free one-on-one confidential peer support to all people (patients, family, and friends) impacted by cancer through our survivor matching program.Our survivor Support Volunteers are beacons of light in the lives of those we serve. For example, meet Bridget, a 37-year-old mother of two young children whose coworkers encouraged her to visit the mobile mammogram van visiting her office. They ignored her "I'm not old enough" protests, and she joined the group for testing that would keep her alive.