Capstone Community Action Celebrates Opening of new Lamoille County Integrated Service Center

18 June 2018

Capstone Community Action celebrated the opening of a new integrated service center in Morrisville on Industrial Drive. The new center will strengthen Capstone’s services to Lamoille County residents, helping individuals and families in crisis to stabilize their lives and working to elevate households out of poverty.

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Yvonne Lory, Capstone Community Action
Phone: (802) 477-5123
Email: ylory@capstonevt.org

 

Capstone Community Action Celebrates Opening of new Lamoille County Integrated Service Center

 

(Morrisville, VT) – Capstone Community Action celebrated the opening of a new integrated service center in Morrisville on Industrial Drive. The new center will strengthen Capstone’s services to Lamoille County residents, helping individuals and families in crisis to stabilize their lives and working to elevate households out of poverty.

 

This center hosts Capstone’s core services in Lamoille County, including housing counseling and homelessness prevention, emergency heating assistance, financial capabilities coaching, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and Head Start home visitors and family partners. It will give Capstone the opportunity to more effectively provide other core organizational services in Lamoille County as well, such as asset building, micro business development and weatherization services. In addition, the center features a childcare center with three Head Start classrooms, accommodating 30 Head Start eligible children and 15 tuition students.

 

The evening celebration included Capstone staff, board members, friends, family, delegates, neighbors, and community partners. Tours of the facility were enhanced by staff who shared program specific information. Refreshments were prepared from scratch by the Head Start Chef Nate Cloutier to demonstrate what the enrolled Head Start children eat while attending the Early Learning Center.

 

Governor Phil Scott toured the center, stating, “The Lamoille County Integrated Service Center will help Capstone provide more Vermonters and their families with the tools they need to achieve economic security and independence. By combining multiple programs under one roof, Capstone can more effectively and efficiently fulfill their critical mission and serve more Vermonters.”

 

Capstone Board Chair, Rubin Bennett welcomed guests stating, “This center reflects our commitment to the residents of Lamoille County and our mission to serve Vermont’s most vulnerable citizens with pride and dignity. For the first time in our organization’s 53 year history, we have the breadth of our services accessible in one central location. Engaging and supporting the whole family is critical to creating a pathway out of poverty. With this new facility, we are making a statement to each person who walks through the door that no matter how hard things may be, you matter, and you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”

 

“I can’t help but think about the people who will walk through these doors and the possibilities that are here that can change their lives. I know this, because that is what Capstone has done for me.” Shared Capstone Board Vice Chair and Head Start parent, Jay Isakson. “I can’t wait for these families to see what is possible for their future and help them find their voice.”

 

Kevin Amyot of Manosh Properties stated, “I would first like to congratulate the staff here on a wonderful job getting this facility up and running. This center will serve our community well and help the needs of many of our Lamoille Valley families. One of my favorite parts of this particular center is the way it reaches out to the whole family. Capstone’s work is bettering the lives of our most important asset, our children, when children and their families are shown the importance of education, and a sense of community it can have amazing results. Manosh Properties is very excited to have had the opportunity to become part of the Capstone family.”

Capstone was pleased to honor Sandy Neely’s 43 years of community service and leadership in Lamoille County with the dedication of the Sandy Neely Collaboration Space, a conference room within the facility. Sandy’s family including her daughters, Cheryle Slayton and Susan French were in attendance as part of the dedication. They expressed gratitude on behalf of their family and friends.

 

Capstone Community Action, formerly Central Vermont Community Action Council, was founded in 1965 and works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to create economic opportunity for people and communities. Capstone’s programs include emergency heat and utility assistance, housing counseling including homelessness intervention, transportation assistance, community economic development, weatherization services and child and family development programs in Early Head Start/Head Start. We serve more than 14,000 people, including over 3,000 in Lamoille County, through these programs each year. http://www.capstonevt.org.

 

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Our Locations

Washington County

20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641
1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or
(802) 888-7993

Orange County East

P.O. Box 500, 22 Whistle Stop Way, Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 222-5419

Orange County West

PO Box 284, 12 Prince Street, Randolph, VT 05060
1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

Mad River Valley

Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4335 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05763
802-496-6900


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