Announcement from Capstone Community Action
Our goal is to maintain critical services while reducing risk of exposure and virus spreading.
Please note, our doors are locked, but we are open for business.
How we're serving the central Vermont community
Our Regional Response:
Washington and Northern Orange Counties Regional Response Command Center:
The Washington and Northern Orange Counties Regional Response Command Center (WNOC-RRCC) launched. Together with state and local partners, bolstered by the commitment of nearly 1,000 volunteers, our goal is to save lives and ensure the safety of Central Vermont's vulnerable populations and communities. The Command Center will provide swift solutions to emerging needs, such as securing food, shelter, medical supplies, transportation and more for Vermonters struggling with the effects of the crisis.
We helped the Good Samaritan Haven, Central Vermont’s only shelter for homeless individuals, to locate and move their 70 residents to four emergency housing sites that will keep them safe from the epidemic.
The shutdown of churches, businesses, and volunteer groups brough the network of free community meals to a halt. Capstone's Community Kitchen Academy, the Salvation Army and Enough Ministries of Barre stepped up and organized a delivery system of premade meals to the four emergency housing sites. As of this week, 205 people now have a healthy and safe roof over their heads. And every ten days, our Community Kitchen Academy will cook 4,200 dinners and 700 breakfasts that are delivered daily by volunteers. No one is hungry, living on the streets or without a helping hand during this crisis.
As of April 14th a Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) Hand Sanitizer Refill Station will be located at Capstone's 20 Gable Place in Barre during normal business hours M-F from 8am to 4:30pm. This is open to the public. 6 ounce maximum per household. Ingredient and safety labels will be available on site.
While we don't know what the future holds, you can be sure that Capstone Community Action will do whatever it takes to keep Vermonters fed, housed and warm. Please partner with us in this fight by supporting our Emergency Response Fund at capstonevt.org. The Emergency Response Fund will support any additional costs associated with supporting Vermonters' basic needs during this pandemic. We need you now more than ever.
Capstone Community Action is part of The Randolph Area Mutual Aid Network (RAMAN). This dedicated group of organizations, town officials, and concerned community members is working to provide information and services to our community members in the Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information please visit https://racdc.com/covid19
Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance: Starting Monday March 16, our staff will be available to work with you over the phone. Please call: 1-800-639-1053 to schedule a call with a counselor.
Barre Food Shelf: Starting Monday, March 16, our food shelf will begin pre-packaging bags available for pick up on our loading dock, behind the building. Our MWF schedule will remain the same. Your visit schedule remains the same, every 14 days, and on Tuesdays for fresh produce and bread. If you are older, disabled, or unable to make a trip to the food shelf due to self-quarantine and do not have anyone who can make the trip for you, please call 802-477-5122 and leave a message with your name and number so that we can arrange for a delivery.
Community Kitchen Academy: Staff are preparing and packaging food to distribute through the food shelf, as well as to Head Start families in Barre. Starting March 24, staff will also create and distribute 4,200 dinners and 700 breakfasts to homeless individuals in Washington County.
Tax Assistance: Our tax program is temporarily suspended as of Friday, March 20, 2020. Please call: 802-477-5148 to hear updated messages.
Head Start: The Learning Together Center in Barre and Lamoille County Early Learning Center in Morrisville are now serving families and children by phone, video, Facebook posts, and regularly scheduled deliveries containing meals, diapers and wipes. Teachers provide educational home activities, family services connect weekly by phone, and home visitors use video to connect and discuss materials provided during home deliveries. Our Head Start teachers hit the road to keep families connected while they stay safe at home. 400 activity packs a week are delivered right to the door of children enrolled in our early childhood education programs. Our packs ensure homebound kiddos have a structured, educational project ready made for stressed families.
Essentials Closet: In Morrisville, the Essentials Closet remains open to the public. Individuals seeking this service should first call 1-800-639-8710. The items will be gathered by staff and provided to individuals who have rang the doorbell and completed paperwork for this service.
Weatherization: Weatherization services are temporarily on hold during this time. Call the Weatherization line at 802-477-5225.
Thank you for understanding why we are making changes to how we provide services. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff and the greater central Vermont community are our top priority. Please visit our website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for updated information.
Announcement as of April 14, 2020