Past Events from 2018!
July 12, 2018 | Thursday Nights on the Lawn
We had an awesome evening at the Alchemist's Thursday Nights on the Lawn Series! This summertime weekly party features live music, food fro Doc Ponds, lawn games and of course... Alchemist beer!
Each week, a different local non-profit is featured - we're proud to join the ranks with the Lamoille Family Center, Heartbeet Lifesharing, and more!
We enjoyed a mellow evening connecting with folks in our community, and chatting about our mission to create and preserve affordable housing in Lamoille County and Hardwick. Coincidentally, it was also our 27th anniversary - we were graced with beautiful weather, a lovely sunset against the Worcester Range, as well as donations from community members and the Alchemist! All in all, a very fun evening!
Huge THANK YOU to the Alchemist, and Jen and John Kimmich: During the event, the Alchemist generously dedicated tip jar proceeds from the entire day to Lamoille Housing Partnership! This generosity supports our mission of creating and preserving affordable housing for low and moderate income residents of Lamoille County and the Town of Hardwick - thank you!
If you missed it, click through the photos below!
August 3, 2018 | Summer Harvest for Housing
Our inaugural Summer Harvest for Housing in Johnson was a huge success! Despite a less than stellar weather forecast, 70 folks from the community enjoyed live music and a fabulous dinner, all in the name of supporting Lamoille Housing Partnership's affordable housing initiatives in Lamoille County and Hardwick.
The dinner featured wood fired pizza, burgers & brats, and locally harvested summer veggies cooked by local chefs Nadav Mille and Jeff Egan. Almost all of the ingredients were donated by local food producers! To complement the dinner, The Alchemist donated their world-renowned beer and to finish off on a sweet note, Kingdom Creamery was scooping ice cream and serving root beer floats! Local bluegrass favorites, the Dale & Darcy Trio, provided the perfect soundtrack for a summer evening in the Green Mountains.
Check out photos from the Summer Harvest for Housing!
Local businesses, food producers and volunteers who provided event support have our deepest gratitude - the Summer Harvest for Housing was made possible due to collective support and generosity! This enabled us to allocate 100% of admission ticket and raffle ticket proceeds towards benefiting Lamoille Housing Partnership's mission!
Manufacturing Solutions Inc, CCS Constructors Inc, Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, Safelite Auto Glass, rk MILES, Lamoille Chamber of Commerce, Alpine Snowguards, Thomas Hirchak Company, Typha Marketing, Casella Waste, Concept2, Xpress Print & Copy, The Bateman Group at Pall Spera Realtor Company, Bourne's Energy
Olson & Associates PLC, Polow & Polow PLLC, Lamoille Valley Insurance, Lamoille Valley Ford, 10 Railroad Street, Smugglers' Notch Resort, Rich Jacobs, Financial Advisor | Edward Jones, KA Harvey's Manufactured Homes
Pete's Greens, The Alchemist, Vermont Salumi, Jasper Hill Farm, Cabot Cheese, Snug Valley Farm, Elmore Mountain Bread, Naked Acre Farm, MOCO, Foote Brook Farm, Hannaford Supermarkets, Wild Branch Valley Farm
OTHER EVENT SUPPORT
WLVB, Lamoille Chamber of Commerce, Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, Johnson Elementary School, United Church of Johnson, Sunset Grille & Taproom, Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District
August 28, 2018 | Sushi Yoshi "Give Back" Night
2018 marked the 5th anniversary of local restaurant, Sushi Yoshi... To celebrate this milestone, Sushi Yoshi chose to give back to the community throughout the entire month of August!
On August 28th, $390 was raised by Sushi Yoshi to support affordable housing in Lamoille County and Hardwick! The donations were comprised of the first $5 from each check during the day... That's 78 parties that supported a local business, and affordable housing!
We are so appreciative of Sushi Yoshi's generosity, and the support from folks who chose to dine in support of Lamoille Housing Partnership on August 28th. Thank you so very much!
Legislative Candidate Forum | October 30, 2018
Billed as a “robust conversation about the well-being of our neighbors,” the forum drew a large and energetic turnout; more than 80 members of the public attended to speak with candidates for office about human service challenges that affect them and their neighbors. The forum was organized and hosted by human service and housing organizations that serve residents of the area and included Lamoille County Mental Health Services, Laraway Youth & Family Services, Lamoille Restorative Center, Lamoille Housing Partnership, Lamoille Family Center, Central Vermont Council on Aging, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice, The Manor, Capstone Community Action, North Central Vermont Recovery Center, and Clarina Howard Nichols Center.
Bucking a traditional forum structure, the organizers intentionally designed the forum’s structure to cultivate engaging and meaningful conversations between members of the public and the candidates. Those in attendance broke into small groups to discuss safe communities, early care & education, substance use, supported employment, affordable housing, older Vermonters, behavioral health, public transportation, disabilities, youth becoming healthy adults, and family services.
Candidates in attendance included Richard Westman, Gary Nolan, Avram Patt, David Yacovone, Marina Meerburg, Heidi Scheurermann, Matt Hill, Mike King, Daniel Noyes, Zac Mayo, Lucy Rogers, Betsy Anderson, Todd Shove and Chip Troiano. Each candidate had three, 15 minute sessions to discuss a different human service topic of their choosing. Discussions were facilitated within small groups comprised of members of the public, a facilitator, and the candidate. Based on an attendees’ interest in a certain topic or candidate, they could choose which group they participated in at the start of each session.
“Forums like this help us to know what is important to our community and how we can collectively serve and guide our legislators for better effect in Lamoille County,” says Kathy Demars, Executive Director of Lamoille Home Health & Hospice.
Mindful Mornings | November 2, 2018
Mindful Mornings is a monthly meeting of mission-minded do-gooders who are working to create a more well world! November’s topic was ACCESS, and LHP’s public relations manager Kerrie went to speak with members of the public about Lamoille Housing Partnership’s work in the community.
Here is a brief summary of the Mindful Morning conversation
- Thought provoking questions: Do you know what affordable housing is? Do you think affordable housing is free? Do you think that residents in affordable housing do not work? Do you think affordable housing impacts you?
- Affordable housing movement in Vermont: Vermont faced increasing development pressure in the 1980s; housing costs became out of reach of working Vermonters, sprawl development negatively impacted historic properties and downtowns; agricultural and natural land also faced increased development pressure. The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board was formed to support housing as well as conservation nonprofits throughout Vermont with state funds – VHCB’s investments are critical to creating housing projects around the state that otherwise could not happen due to lack of financial resources from area nonprofits addressing the need in each of their communities.
- Local response: Lamoille Housing Partnership, established in 1991, was created in response to concern of the need for affordable housing in the Lamoille Valley. LHP’s earliest projects were developed with several groups and housing options in mind: affordable rental housing was needed for area service personnel and the local workforce, affordable rental housing was also needed for seniors. Projects that created opportunities for affordable homeownership were also of priority.
- Challenges, success and opportunities
Dust ‘Em Off - Fatbike Gravel Ride, hosted by Ranch Camp | November 17, 2018
Lamoille Housing Partnership would like to express our gratitude to Ranch Camp for supporting affordable housing initiatives by generously donating a portion of proceeds from their 40-person strong “Dust ‘Em Off” fatbike ride!
For some participants, it was their very first fatbike ride! The group rode from Ranch Camp headquarters in Stowe to Sterling Valley where they enjoyed some hot beverages by a fire before returning back to Stowe. Most folks rode 18 miles or so. Everyone enjoyed apres at Ranch Camp after returning from the ride. “I'd say a good time was had by all!” says event organizer, Ryan Thibault.
The Lamoille Housing Partnership is proud to have the support of Ranch Camp as we continue to provide safe, affordable housing that gives stability and comfort to those that reside there. Thank you!