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Project Hire Celebrates 35th Anniversary: New Fund Created

Linda Sue BobOn June 15, Howard Center's supported employment program for individials with an intellectual disability or autism, celebrated its 35th anniversary.  

Since the program began, 525 businesses have provided employment support to more than 500 individuals.

A highlight of the anniversary reception was the introduction of the Steve Cohen Fund. For over 17 years, Steve lived independently and was proud of his job at Healthy Living in South Burlington. When Steve passed away, his mom, Linda Morrow, and her family, wanted to make sure people were able to experience the same opportunities he did. They established The Steve Cohen Fund which will provide Project Hire $50,000 to support client employment over the next 10 years. In establishing the Fund, Steve’s mother says, “We created the Steve Cohen Fund to provide funds to support others with aspirations to work, contribute, and enrich lives.”

Photo above:  Sue Ming, Linda Morrow, and Bob Bick

SUCCEED Students Celebrate Accomplishments

SUCCEED StaffNext week, four students from the SUCCEED program will celebrate their accomplishments at the annual graduation ceremony. The program offers post-secondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities and autism, in collaboration with area colleges.

This year, one graduate who was often reluctant to socialize with other students organized and hosted a movie night for his housemates and has become a mentor to new students and potential students who tour the program. Another student has completed two classes at CCV with a focus on small business development. He has also worked with CVOEO’s micro business advisor to develop a business plan related to his interest of starting a small crafting business. And yet another is looking forward to living independently in his own apartment.

Congratulations to all of this year's graduates and kudos to the SUCCEED staff who support students as they transition to living independently.


Photo above: SUCCEED staff at a conference in May.


Golf Tournament Benefits Howard Center

IEHA 2017Members of the Vert-Mont Chapter of the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) recently presented Howard Center with a check for more than $9,000, raised through the group’s annual golf tournament at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the event which benefits Howard Center's Outdoor Challenge programming. The Outdoor Challenge activities give youth the opportunity to participate in therapeutic outdoor adventures while building lasting skills. Since the first year of the tournament, the IEHA has contributed more than $162,000 for outdoor challenge programming.

The tournament is the work and effort of many, including Ed Vizvarie, Howard Center Director of Facilities, who has enthusiastically helped coordinate the fundraiser for 22 years.

Online Registration for Zoe's Race Closes August 22

ZR Construction The ninth annual Zoe’s Race will be held on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at Oakledge Park in Burlington. Online registration for the 5K fun run or the 1K walk will close August 22. Although race-day registration will be available, only runners who register online will be guaranteed a t-shirt.

NEW THIS YEAR! Dr. First of the UVM's Children Hospital will kick-off the 1K and pass out medals at the end of the Race, with help from mascot Monty the Moose.

Plus, this year Zoe’s Race and b.good (Church Street) have teamed up to make a difference: Register online for Zoe’s Race and show your printed or electronic registration confirmation to receive a free side with any purchase.

Visit or to register.

Photo above: Just one of the 17 accessibility construction projects funded through Zoe's Race.

Coming Soon: Fall 2017 Community Education Series

Check our website in the coming weeks for details about our Fall Community Education Series. If you missed previous sessions, you can view them online in video or PowerPoint formats.  

 In the News

Looking for other ways to keep informed about Howard Center events and media coverage? Here are a few of the recent media metions and interviews:

  • WCAX: White House Drug Czar: State's Addiction Treatment a "valuable national model
  • VtDigger: Howard Center Program Offers Mental Health Provider Training
  • WPTZ: Homelessness an Added Pressure to Recovering Addicts

Still looking for more? Check out the In the Media section on our website for updates.

 Make a Difference

JohnPurple HowardLooking to make a difference? Howard Center's Purple Legacy Society offers an option for people who care deeply about the individuals and families we serve and want to make gifts of lasting value through bequests and other planned gifts.We are pleased to partner with the Vermont Community Foundation to offer charitable gift annuities.

Please consider including Howard Center in your will or estate plan. For additional information, please contact Denise Vignoe at 802.488.6912.

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