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Project VISION

What We Do

Empower the communityEmpower The Community

Project VISION wants to give Rutland residents the tools necessary to help improve their neighborhoods. We want to create community leaders.

leafChange The Future

We want Rutland’s future to be bright. We’re working to improve the way Rutland deals with its issues to improve the quality of life for folks who live here.

Strengthen NeighborhoodsStrengthen Neighborhoods

We want to help residents feel pride in their neighborhoods, engage with their neighbors and build stronger bonds within their neighborhoods.

Help PeopleHelp People

Many people in Rutland are suffering from addiction and/or the effects of poverty. We want to put these folks on a better path to being happy and healthy in Rutland.

Recent Activities

Notable attendees:
·        Teen Challenge members visited from Johnson- they’re looking to have a presence in Rutland. Teen Challenge is a faith-based, long-term, residential program for rehabilitation for men (18 +). The are hosting an “End Addiction” golf-tournament in Vergennes on June 20th. They also have drug awareness literature available.
·        Pam Favreau is the new Neighborhood Voice Coordinator for Northwest Rutland, a position created by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and the Housing Trust of Rutland County. She can be reached at
·        Green Mountain College was present with a class of Architecture students looking to re-envision the Lynda Lee Fashions buildingon the corner of Cleveland and State Street. 
·        The Blueprint for Health team from Randolph were present, hoping to learn more about Project VISION for their community. Jennifer Wallace can be contacted at or 802-728-2783
·        Chris Hultquist, Executive Director for the Mentor Connector, collaborating with Dr. Logan, announced an exciting new program that they are seeking volunteers to participate in a six month trial run: the Mentor Connector is hoping to match mentors with recovering youth and their siblings. The idea is that the mentors will be able to work with the youths to help them develop a vision, purpose, or passion for their life. He’s also seeking community input (best practices, ideas) on the program. He can be reached
·        The Social Work program at Castleton University currently has 9 students in Rutland interning two days a week at local organizations: Dismas House, Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Rutland Mental Health, Rutland County Parent Child Center,FortySeven Main Street, and the Park Street Program.
Mark your calendars:
·        June 11– School’s OUT! Summer Opportunities Festival from 3-7 PM in Baxter Street Park and adjacent parts of Baxter Street. Come learn more about great opportunities in your backyard, including connections to local job trainings, educational opportunities, ways to volunteer & resources for health care, transportation, and entertainment. We will also be revealing the results of the neighborhood survey at 6 PM in the pavilion. There will be something for all ages and interests! For more information, to table, or to volunteer, please contact Shannon Kennelly at or check out our event here.
Calls for involvement:
  • July 9– A “Rally for Recovery” is being planned. If you’re interested in getting involved, email Clay Gilbert at
  • Promise Communities is calling for those interested in developing a plan for universal pre-school to come to the next meeting. Email or for more information
  • NeighborWorks is organizing a youth education program at the Northwest Community Gardens that will have drop-in sessions every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 3-5 PM. To volunteer, please contact Shannon Kennelly at and like our Facebook page
General Announcements:
·        Mayor Louras spoke about the Fair & Impartial Policing initiative, and the contract that the City has signed for diversity training. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is working on creating a replication case study of Project VISION, a play book to share with other communities interested in the Project VISION approach.
·        Check out the I Love Rutland page and Facebook page! I Love Rutland shirts are now for sale.