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Dec
11
Tue
Cold Weather Shelter Training – Rutland / Addison MRC @ Rutland Elk's Club
Dec 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cold Weather Shelter Training - Rutland / Addison MRC @ Rutland Elk's Club

Training for extreme cold weather shelters is on Tuesday December 11 at 5:30pm at the ELK’s Club, 44 Pleasant Street, Rutland.

During the extreme cold weather last winter “working with other MRC volunteers to staff a temporary shelter was an easy and rewarding way to make things a little better for my neighbors and maybe save a life.”

-Dr. Benjamin Littenberg MRC Volunteer.

State of Vermont Agency of Humans Services (AHS) is continuing their contingency shelter plan from last year.  Currently approximately 500 emergency shelter beds and 250 transitional beds for Vermonters experiencing homeless are provided by AHS. When these local programs are full, the Department augments this grant-funded capacity with motel vouchers. During colder weather, AHS relaxes some eligibility criteria for motel beds through a “cold weather exception.”  When extremely cold winter weather coincides with tourism events, Vermont’s largest communities could potentially run out of both shelter, transitional and motel beds, precipitating the need for additional shelter capacity, even in the absence of a declared disaster. Therefore, requiring additional shelter(s) be set up in the higher population areas of Burlington and Rutland.

The contingency shelters do not remove or replace exist programs.  The plan may not be activated all winter or most likely just during high tourist travel weekends when motels space is limited.  This plan and shelter was activated last winter for 4 night during New Year’s Eve weekend extreme cold weather event.

The plan:

Rutland

BROC Community Action will set-up and be the shelter manager for a 25 bed shelter at Rutland Elks Lodge 44 Pleasant Street #46 Rutland, VT 05701.  

The shelter will be supported by MRC volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign-up for one or more shifts; notified via MRC call-down as weather forecasts day(s) before.  The shifts will be approximately 1)Check-in Shift: 5pm to 11:30pm, 2)Night Shift: 11:00pm to 5:30am, 3) Check Out: 5:00am to 8:00am. More volunteers are needed during check-in and check-out. Volunteers duties will be to pass out food, check folks in & out, alert shelter manager to an issues, and assist with breakdown of shelter.  

Please join us December 11th  5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, if you are interested in supporting the shelter for orientation to the facility and a crash-course Mental Health First Aid / Situation De-Escalation Training covering working with that population.  If you took this training previously last winter, MRC would prefer you to re-take, so you are refreshed on duties and expectations for serving at shelter.  

See you on December 11th!

Dec
12
Wed
Cold Weather Shelter Training – Chittenden County MRC @ First United Methodist Church Burlington
Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cold Weather Shelter Training - Chittenden County MRC @ First United Methodist Church Burlington

Training for extreme cold weather shelters is on Wednesday December 12 at 4:00pm at the First United Methodist Church at 21 Buell St, Burlington, VT 05401. Please enter through door at ground level on left side facing church.

During the extreme cold weather last winter “working with other MRC volunteers to staff a temporary shelter was an easy and rewarding way to make things a little better for my neighbors and maybe save a life.”

-Dr. Benjamin Littenberg MRC Volunteer.

State of Vermont Agency of Humans Services (AHS) is continuing their contingency shelter plan from last year.  Currently approximately 500 emergency shelter beds and 250 transitional beds for Vermonters experiencing homeless are provided by AHS. When these local programs are full, the Department augments this grant-funded capacity with motel vouchers. During colder weather, AHS relaxes some eligibility criteria for motel beds through a “cold weather exception.”  When extremely cold winter weather coincides with tourism events, Vermont’s largest communities could potentially run out of both shelter, transitional and motel beds, precipitating the need for additional shelter capacity, even in the absence of a declared disaster. Therefore, requiring additional shelter(s) be set up in the higher population areas of Burlington and Rutland.

The contingency shelters do not remove or replace exist programs.  The plan may not be activated all winter or most likely just during high tourist travel weekends when motels space is limited.  This plan and shelter was activated last winter for 4 night during New Year’s Eve weekend extreme cold weather event.

The plan:

Burlington

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity will set-up and be the shelter manager for a 25 bed shelter at First United Methodist Church at 21 Buell St, Burlington, VT 05401.  

The shelter will be supported by MRC volunteers and AmeriCorps volunteers. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign-up for one or more shifts; notified via MRC call-down as weather forecasts day(s) before.  The shifts will be approximately 1)Check-in Shift: 5pm to 11:30pm, 2)Night Shift: 11:00pm to 5:30am, 3) Check Out: 5:00am to 8:00am. More volunteers are needed during check-in and check-out. Volunteers duties will be to pass out food, check folks in & out, alert shelter manager to an issues, and assist with breakdown of shelter.  

Please join us December 12th  4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the church, if you are interested in supporting the shelter for orientation to the facility and a crash-course Mental Health First Aid / Situation De-Escalation Training covering working with that population.  If you took this training previously last winter, MRC would prefer you to re-take, so you are refreshed on duties and expectations for serving at shelter.  

Hope to see you on December 12th!

Limited English Proficiency Presentation – Upper Valley MRC @ VDH White River Junction Office of Health
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Limited English Proficiency Presentation - Upper Valley MRC @ VDH White River Junction Office of Health  | Saint Johnsbury | Vermont | United States

Join the Upper Valley MRC for their regular meeting and mingle with the volunteers! This meeting will include a presentation on Limited English Proficiency! Learn tips and best practice for working with individuals who first language may not be English or those who may need additional assistance with english comprehension.  

Limited English Proficiency Presentation -NEK MRC @ VDH St. J Local Office of Health
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Limited English Proficiency Presentation -NEK MRC @ VDH St. J Local Office of Health  | Saint Johnsbury | Vermont | United States

Join the NEK MRC for their regular meeting and mingle with the volunteers! This meeting will include a presentation on Limited English Proficiency! Learn tips and best practice for working with individuals who first language may not be English or those who may need additional assistance with english comprehension.  

Dec
13
Thu
Flu Kits Event – Rutland / Addison MRC @ Rutland Free Clinic
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Flu Kits Event - Rutland / Addison MRC @ Rutland Free Clinic

MRC volunteers will set up a table at the Rutland Free Clinic where they will provide education and a small personal flu preparedness kit to families or individuals who visit the clinic. Please join us!