What did we do? How well did we do it?
We do CRISIS FUEL & Utility Assistance: Let’s talk about people in the cold; last season – a modest winter - we assisted 335 Clients with 793 people in the household (240 were children under the age of 18; 155 were seniors; 175 were persons with a disability).
We do FOOD: 10,303 people were fed from our Community Food Shelves last year. We distributed 131,334 pounds of food to the hungry in Rutland and Bennington. As with Fuel we served families with children, seniors and persons with disabilities.
We worked with our partners at the Vermont Food Bank and numerous generous businesses and organizations to fill our shelves along with several major food drives like the annual Postal Carriers Food Drive, Stuff-A-Bus and a brand new approach to Pack The Paramount.
BROC implements the Child & Adult Care Food Program in Bennington and Rutland Counties ensuring that nutritious meals and snacks are provided to children in daycare settings. Last year we worked with 76 reporting homes and they served 233,382 nutritious meals and snacks.
HOUSING: We provide Housing Counseling services and last year 610 households received services including 110 participants that were homeless.
We own and operate Jen's Motel: where we provided 2,583 Sheltered Bed Nights last year that included children, veterans, seniors, chronic homeless, domestic violence victims and persons with disabilities. And in Bennington we served homeless and those coming out of incarceration in finding housing.
Weatherization: We save people fuel and energy that saves them money. Critical dollars for essentials like food, clothing and education. Last year our team weatherized 145 households including The Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter, and The Dodge House for displaced veterans. We make housing warmer, safer, and more energy efficient in Rutland and Bennington Counties. It is a big job and we have a great team.
We do Health Care; We are a Vermont Health Connect Certified Navigator Organization and we enrolled 228 Vermonters last year.
We even do Tax Preparation: working with Castleton University Accounting Students we prepared returns for 289 low income participants resulting in $381,525 in refunds, rebates and credits. 110 of these were seniors over the age of 65. 139 of these included a household with a person with a disability.
Data Control & Reporting: Our data specialist maintains a database of 28,933 clients and over 461,077 service records.
"Thank you for putting in a new furnace for me and my grandson. I would not have been able to pay for one. Thank you to the gentleman that worked so dilligently to get the furnace set up in the alloted time frame."— S. B., Arlington client
Let’s talk business and jobs: Jobs for Independence program is a free job readiness and training pilot program and works with people receiving 3SquaresVT. Leading the state they have already met with and referred 352 clients to the Department of Labor.
Reach Up; our Transitional Training Program last year worked with 75 participants through Reach UP, Vermont Associates and Voc Rehab/VABIR for a combined 9,900 hours of on the job training plus an additional 400 hours of Community Service placed though the court system. Most of these individuals worked right in our facility at 45 Union Street in Rutland and Jen's Motel in Center Rutland.
And our Economic & Workforce Development Department provided valuable ongoing workshops to our clients and the public. Along with our own programs I am excited to announce that we are now partnering with the excellent training programs presented by Goodwill Industires and starting the excellent Financial Education Workshops presented by People’s United Bank. All of which take place in our fully equipped classroom at BROC.
Primarly the Economic & Workforce Development team did a lot of one-on-one business coaching. Last year this department completed 870 counseling and coaching sessions totaling 1,155 hours and assisted in the start up of 17 new small businesses - everything from a Computer Tutor to a Home Inspection Company.