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Category Archives: Drop-In Center

Area shelters see increased demand for homeless youth services

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By Melissa Cooney Published: Nov. 28, 2023 at 5:57 AM EST BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – As temperatures drop across our region, more people experiencing homelessness are looking for shelter, including Vermont’s youth. Burlington-based Spectrum Youth and Family Services says they’ve worked with 1,434 youth this year, a 12% increase from 2022. Officials at Spectrum estimate around 50 youth are …
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Vermont Community Foundation and Buffum Family Foundation Announce Endowments to Support Four Vermont Nonprofit Organizations

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Vermont Community Foundation and Buffum Family Foundation announce the “Mark Redmond Fund”, an endowment fund that will contribute $50,000 to Spectrum’s Drop-In Centers each year. Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Mark Redmond Fund is able to do so through Vermont Community Foundation. September 14, 2023 The Courtney and Victoria Buffum Family Foundation announced …
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Are Vermont’s Institutions Failing Transition-Aged Youth?


This is a recent speech given by Sam Bolz, a Spectrum staff member that works in the Burlington Drop-In Center, during a KidSafe Legislative Forum. It was so genuine and powerful that we wanted to share his humble words publicly as well. “The vast majority of the youth that we serve are “transition-aged,” people who …
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