Why we do what we do
We are dedicated to creating resilient households and communities and to advancing justice in social, economic and environmental policy. We empower individuals with the tools and resources to move beyond poverty. Through advocacy and community collaboration, we champion positive social change. We guide people to have a voice in their own transformation and promote a vision of what is possible.
Our Three Year Vision
Since 1965, we have supported individuals and families to achieve stability and rise out of poverty. Yet, the challenges in our community today are intensifying.
To address this, our vision is to deepen and broaden our impact over the next three years through innovative strategies and new initiatives which arise from our strategic planning. We will continue to grow as a recognized community leader, partner and convener, helping to break the poverty cycle in Vermont.
Some exciting new initiatives are already underway to make this vision a reality. We’re pursuing new ideas in transportation, a constant barrier for low-income families and individuals in our rural state. Our goal is to develop innovative solutions that increase access to transportation while reducing cost and environmental impact.
We’re addressing the role of trauma and mental health in generational poverty with the introduction of trauma-informed care in early education and a goal of incorporating trauma-informed practice throughout the organization. With a sharpened understanding of trauma, we can better help our program participants while breaking the stigma around mental health, substance abuse and poverty.
In recognition that our communities are stronger when more diverse voices are heard, we will help develop the next generation of community action leaders. To empower the people we serve, we will further engage our participants in the leadership of our organization, and their self-advocacy. With our eyes to the future we will bring new energy to community action by activating the workforce of tomorrow.
Join us in shining the light of hope, security, and empowerment for Vermonters, and for the future of our state. A brighter future is within reach!
We are committed to these values in our workplace and our communities:
Dignity: We treat people with respect and build relationships with those we serve. We value humanity above all else and engage people with kindness and empathy so they know they matter.
Holistic View of Poverty: We understand poverty is complicated. We work with individuals and families to address multiple impacts of poverty on their lives. We understand the linkages between the health of the individual and the health of the community.
Equity: We advocate for resources to enable all Vermonters to meet their individual needs.
Empowerment: We believe sustainable change starts with a person believing in themselves and their potential. By providing tools, resources and support, we empower individuals and families with voice and vision for their future and active engagement in their communities.
Partnership & Collaboration: We partner with our fellow service providers, state agencies and community stakeholders to identify and address community needs and create opportunities for all Vermonters to thrive.
Our programs play a critical role in Vermont communities to:
- Meet basic needs such as food, shelter, and transportation to ensure that no Vermonter is left out in the cold, hungry or alone without a helping hand.
- Build Sustainable Communities, by supporting entrepreneurs and investing in small business, ensuring our children are ready for school, helping homeowners save energy, supporting healthy local food systems and building the workforce skills and knowledge we need for our communities to thrive.
- Activate and Empower, by supporting our partners, program participants and community to ensure their voice is heard, that they are educated on the issues that impact them and that they are able to achieve organizational or personal goals making the impact they wish to see in the world.
- Change Lives, each year, more than 15,000 people find the resources they need at CAPSTONE.