COVID-19 Resources
News

PV Monthly Meeting Notes – November 12th, 2020

Project VISION November Monthly Meeting

Held virtually through a Zoom Webinar on November 12th, 2020, from 12pm – 1:30pm.

 

  • Welcome by PV Chair-Joe Kraus

    • Welcoming the first time meeting visitors – 3 members from Hunger Free VT Council
  • Mayor David Allaire remarks

    • Cmdr Matt Prouty reads a letter on behalf of the Mayor: Mayor Allaire hopes to join the monthly meeting in December. The Mayor is concerned with the course of CoVid in our region as we move into winter and recognizes the possibility of the returning of restrictions in the near future. The outbreak in the Rutland Health and Rehab is under control and confined to a single floor – 14 patients and 3 staff in total tested positive
  • Chief Kilcullen remarks

    • A couple of Rutland PD officers were recently quarantined due to exposure to a CoVid positive individual, but they ultimately tested negative
      • Rutland County has been relatively safer than the rest of the state in terms of CoVid, but the concern and risk remains real and is considered in all PD action
    • PD is still in the process of establishing implicit bias training with Nikki Fuller
      • There will be three sessions, no more than 25 participants in each session
      • One session will be for PD officers and staff, a second session for the Police Oversight Committee, and a third session for the PV Community Policing Subcommittee
      • Aiming to hold sessions in early December, but it may be pushed back to January
    • Nationally, there is an uptick in PD officer retirement. Three officers in Rutland PD are anticipated to retire next year
      • New recruitment in the Rutland PD is a central focus for the department. There are 5 openings. The PD standards will not be lowered to quickly fill this need. 
      • Everyone interested in applying for the Rutland PD should contact Chief Kilcullen
    • Joe Kraus – the implicit bias training the PD will receive is the same that the training the hospital received in the past. Nikki Fuller is an excellent trainer and all organizations interested in implicit bias training should connect with Nikki Fuller
  • Program Update – Clay Gilbert from Evergreen Services

    • PV Non-Opioid Subcommittee is in the process of pursuing a new project to address the fact that many individuals in the Rutland community will not be able to see loved ones over the holiday season due to CoVid, and they may not have the means to use video sharing applications on their own
      • Stations will be set-up where individuals can access Zoom and connect with loved ones
    • This project is in the early planning stages, but the project will be quickly developed in the coming weeks
    • This service will be available to anyone in the community – the Zoom stations are expected to be set-up at Evergreen Recovery Center and Rutland Mental Health at Court Square
      • Cleaning procedures will be adhered to in between Zoom users, and the subcommittee will explore transportation options to assist individuals to reaching the Zoom stations 
    • If you wish to help or offer assistance, contact Clay at his Evergreen office at 747-3588
  • Presentation: Kimberly Williams, Vermont Food Bank and Jessica Badger, BROC

    • Kimberley Williams – PV Food Access Subcommittee is fairly new, started a few months ago with a push by United Way
      • From the beginning, the subcommittee invited voices from the community to better understand the need for increased food access, have a real discussion to understand the impacts of limited access, and develop a plan on how to improve accessibility
    • Jessica Badger – we have all experienced what it means to be hungry, but not what it’s like to experience hunger
      • Food insecurity is a reality for millions of Americans everyday
        • Common barriers to food access are money, unavailable transportation, and limited open hours at food assistance sites
      • A silver lining to the CoVid pandemic is the spotlight of attention shined on food insecurity in our region
        • Increased food shelf access, increased 3SquaresVT benefits, CoVid stimulus benefits, Farmers to Families meal distribution, VeggieVanGo program, providing school meals at remote locations, Everyone Eats program, and the growth of community support has made food access more prevalent and accessible
          • As quickly as new programs can come, they can be disbanded and leave families in the same situation they were in before the pandemic 
      • Project VISION and the Food Access Subcommittee have the potential to explore ways of building off of these emergency CoVid programs and explore more sustainable solutions
    • Kimberley Williams – food access is defined as having fresh, affordable, culturally appropriate, nutritious food in a dignified way 
      • Stresses from the pandemic have left an estimated 50 million Americans food insecure – without reliable access to an adequate amount of nutritious  food
        • 1 in 4 Vermotners are facing food insecurity right now
        • Rates of food insecurity is higher among minority groups throughout America, including in Vermont
      • Food insecurity doesn’t alway mean hunger, but can be making difficult choices for your household, such as not paying bills or performing necessary house repairs, in order to keep food on the table
      • Food (in)security is often fluid, changing from week to week or month to month
      • There is a direct relation to chronic disease and food insecurity
      • Work being down to address food insecurity in Rutland County today
        • Food shelves, which have adjusted hours and methods of distributing to cope with the reality of the pandemic
        • Direct food distribution  – Farmers to Food boxes, Everyone Eats and Vermont Farmers Food Center
        • Nutrition education
        • Food justice work – Mission farms in Killington
        • Community meals – Richard Gallo of Veterans Outreach has hosted some
      • Food Access Subcommittee goals
        • Dismantling stigmas around food insecurity and hunger
        •  Resource PV community with information about food assistance
        • Create spaces for community conversations about barriers to food access and a vision for a thriving food system in Rutland
      • Contact Matt Prouty to receive a copy of the powerpoint presented by Kimberley Williams
  • Discussion around Food Access

    • Jesse Pyles – the diverse coalition members of the PV network may encounter community members who are recently food insecure and may not know about the assistance programs that are available  for them
      • PV is a strong opportunity to widely market hunger and food insecurity relief programs to clients of all the different sectors of social and health programs, agencies, and organizations represented in PV
    • Kimberley Williams – to address the fact that some CoVid food relief programs contain funds which expire at the end of the year, there is an effort to funnel funds from the state directly to local programs
      • These local programs can then purchase food they personally know that their clients want
      • This is to avoid bulk buying of foods that community recipients may not want as a way to exhaust the funds before expiration
    • Stephen of Vermont Farmers Food Center – Farmacy is a 15-week program where clients are written a prescription from the doctor to receive a CSA package
      • Everyone Eats program has a stipulation that 10% of provided food comes from local farms
    • Al Franken – there are people in our community who experience food insecurity, but we as a community don’t know about it because there still is a stigma around food insecurity and individuals may not want to reach out for help because of that
    • Virginia of Troll House – volunteers work 5 days a week, and the Troll House serves 200-250 meals a week
      • In conjunction with distributing meals, being there for people and talking with them as community members has helped break through the stigma around food relief and made people more comfortable to reach out for help
    • Nanci Gordon – 211 offers localized resources and information to anyone who calls and text, based on the provided zip code
    • Jesse Pyles – everyone is encouraged to join the Hunger Free Vermont listserv
    • Matt Prouty – there is discussion of creating a Rutland County service dashboard for all provided services where people will be able to self-select services based on topic and learn about how they could connect, contribute, and volunteer
      • There are community members who are able and willing to help service providers, but don’t necessarily know what is out there or how to reach out to individual providers
        • Can also be a central location for applications for people applying for benefits or social services
  • Community Building/Neighborhood Engagement Committee Updates – Matt Prouty

    • recent Youth Engagement Pop-up and Neighborhood Walk  got cancelled and rained out
      • Hope to have one of each before the end of the year
    • 24 Welcome to the Community bags were put together recently and are ready to be distributed to new neighbors and community members
    • Pat Hunter has researched training options in addition to implicit bias training for PD
    • The committee is putting together a racial justice and social equity subcommittee. Seven people have expressed interest in joining the subcommittee – reach out to Matt if you also have interest
  • Health Committee Updates – Jamie Bentley

    • All agencies are invited to fill out a short survey for the Community Health Needs Assessment inquiring how the agency has used data in the past and resources they may need
  • Community Updates

    • Jeanette of Social Tinkering is quickly putting together Light up Rutland – a holiday light competition where any resident in the Rutland region can register 
      • Registered houses will be listed on a map that community members can access and then view the houses in the competition to vote for their favorite light decorations
    • Al Franken – Allie Breyer had a wonderful recent article in the Rutland Herald titled ‘Diversity Needed’: https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/commentary/breyer-diversity-needed/article_391f4d9e-5a9b-5cde-b74a-872bacf9a86b.html
    • Joe Kraus  – a statement of inclusion and diversity for PV will be discussed next meeting
    • Traci Moore – the transitional housing development on Woodstock Ave remains on schedule to be finished in mid-December
    • Habitat for Humanity has built 16 residences in Rutland County and now has a new property in Rutland. Residents who have worked or lived in the county for at least 1 year and have documented need for the housing are encouraged to apply. If you’re not sure if you qualify, reach out and ask.

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *