Don’t let barriers get in the way

Don’t let barriers get in the way

By Jan Demers George led a team of six. They were three talented people who were homeless, and three sturdy volunteers. In an hour’s time, they were feeding 61 homeless individuals and families on a holiday when no other agency offered an evening meal. The location was the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, run by the… Read More »

If you can only remember one thing

If you can only remember one thing

News from the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity by Jan Demers There is a certain way I begin with all new staff at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity where we work with people with low incomes. My first words go something like this: “I know that you will be laser-focused on learning… Read More »

Kindness in the waiting rooms

By Jan F. Demers “Get in the van! We are going!” She gave her friend — who had avoided doctors for years — little choice. She had listened to the other tell of pain and had seen her gait change. The result of the van trip: The doctor found a tumor in her friend’s back,… Read More »

Shortcake and economic opportunity: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

By Jan F. Demers Fresh, firm, red strawberries spooned over a warm, flaky, homemade biscuit, topped with whipped cream.   Strawberry shortcake: perfect for any time of year but especially nice in the summer. Each component is good by itself, even the whipped cream. Together they are a spectacular offering. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity… Read More »