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Monthly Meeting Notes – January 11, 2018

Project VISION Meeting

January 2018

Notes taken by Shannon Kennelly

Mayor Allaire and Chief Killcullen were not in attendance due to Opiate Coordination Council announcement in Montpelier

Save the Date:

  • FEB 1 2018 – The MINT: Rutland Makerspace
    • Center for Women & Enterprise is holding a FREE Community Entrepreneurs Program Business Planning Training
      • This course will help you to take the necessary steps to becoming an independent business owner, while gaining confidence in yourself and your knowledge of small business management.
      • 10 weeks starting Feb. 1, Thursdays, 6-9 PM
      • Sign up here
    • JANUARY 13 2018 – Come Alive Outside kick off for 100 miles in 100 days walking challenge!
      • This Saturday, January 13 at 3 PM at the Vermont Farmers Food Center
      • Prizes, Group Walk, chance to win a new pair of shoes!


Vermont 2-1-1 is hiring an Outreach Specialist for Rutland County

  • Part time (25 hours/week) with benefits
  • Job description will be sent out on PV Listserv

Wonderfeet is trying to get funding and needs signatures to get on town ballots

  • Wonderfeet is a kids museum that encourages kids to be creative and interact with exhibits; does school programming and programming at the museum

Rutland County Community Health Needs Assessment:

  • Paper forms that need to be distributed county wide
  • OR access online:
  • CHNA is completed every three years; helps inform RRMC priorities for Bowse Trust giving

Vermont Adult and Teen Challenge

  • A 15-month, faith-based recovery program
  • Stepping up activities in Rutland through partnership with Dream Center
  • Now have a state-certified drug & alcohol counselor on staff, as well as a life coach
  • Last three months of program is helping reintegrate into community


Building Great Neighborhoods

  • Update on effort to get news out about things going on in Rutland
    • Theresa has been working to find a platform for picture sharing to boast about activities/good things happening in Rutland (County)
    • Take a picture (of event, community meeting, location), join Real Rutland facebook page/instagram, and use hashtag #realrutland and #projectvisionrutland
      • Post pictures of graduates from Mandala!
      • Extra credit: go to com or Facbook Real Rutland and “Tell your story”
    • Project 1 for 2018: Mandala House would like to start a focus group to create housing certificates for individuals on supervision who have a criminal record but who have been succeeding
      • Different states have done this with housing (and with employment)
      • Currently, bad landlords are taking advantage of this population and charging way to much
      • Pull together group of folks with knowledge and experience and meet with Buildings and Code Ordinance city officials
        • Involve Rental 101 at Homeless Prevention
      • How do you reduce risk for the landlord? How do you hold landlords accountable?
        • Commander Prouty said to notify him of landlords out of compliance
      • Update from Stacie Griffin, Youth Supervisor of Youthful Creations, NeighborWorks’ Youth Employment Initiative
        • Employs 6 youth and 1 supervisor from Northwest Rutland in the commercial kitchen at the Vermont Farmers Food Center where there learning business and culinary skills
        • The youth have created a product to sell: Now Bars (healthy, local granola bars)
      • Child First Advocacy Center with Rutland States Attorney’s Office
        • National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week 2018: Expand your circle, walk, and reach all victims resource fair
        • Information booths, Scavenger Hunt, Fun kids activities and art projects
        • Diamond Run Mall, April 14
      • NeighborWorks has adopted RAFFL’s Everyday Chef program
        • Holds workshops around Rutland County at different organizations, agencies, and businesses; for the past year, those included Serenity House, Evergreen Rutland Mental Health Services, Rutland Recreation, etc.
        • Teaches knife skills and cooking confidence; promotes healthy, local homemade meals
        • Looking to expand programing – if you’d like to coordinate a workshop with us at your location, contact us!
      • 60 Cleveland Ave – owned by City of Rutland– is seeking someone to renovate it! The City is requesting bids, a minimum of $22,000
      • 2017 Review:
      • Focus for 2018?
        • Consider staying in Northwest neighborhood, nurturing more community resident empowerment and connection, fostering resident engagement and leadership


  • Overdose Response Strategy is 2018 outcome; going to Boston for training soon


  • Refining goals for 2018
    • Universal Release
    • Safe station where someone can physically go, 24/7 to seek help and referrals
    • Housing is healthcare
    • Connect Promise Community work to Health Committee
  • Subcommittee: 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Rutland City Police Dept from 11-12:00



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