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For Immediate Release

Easterseals Vermont Cuts the Ribbon on the New Merchants Row Rutland Office

All-important state and local partnerships make new office and services a reality

October 25, 2017

Media Contact:
Eric Andersen
eandersen@eastersealsvt.org
802.552.0254
www.easterseals.com/vt

With a continuing partnership with the Vermont Department of Children and Families, and new relationships with local community partners,  Easterseals VT officially cut the ribbon on their newest office in Rutland Vermont in the historic Mead Building, on October 25, 2017.

The growth of our multiple programs in Rutland has required us to expand our space. Our new location offers a more home like, private setting for our Family Time Coaching sessions and other activities, which includes Military & Veterans Services and Post Permanency Support Services. This expansion was made possible by the Department for Children and Families as well as several local contributors. We look forward to serving more families from Rutland and the surrounding communities.

For the last 30 years Easterseals Vermont has been committed to working with at-risk youth to find family-centered solutions to problems parents and children face. We work collaboratively with families and teams that are pursuing healthy attachments, trauma repair, quality mental health treatment, and permanency for children connected to the Department for Children and Families (DCF). Our Family Engagement Specialists currently partner with 9 DCF offices across the state of Vermont and are serving, on average, more than 500 families each day. More recently, we have expanded our programming in Rutland to address specific gaps in services. Our new office in Rutland will:

Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Easterseals said “In Vermont we found that what was really needed was a program that would help children in the child protection system and that was very results orientated so we weren’t just nice people doing nice things. We were in fact making a change.”

Speaking on behalf of Mayor David Allaire, Alderman William Notte noted, the “average person out on the street” may question whether Easterseals may be necessary among the organizations that serve people in need. “I think the way to answer that is, ‘Does Rutland have children growing up here? Does Rutland have families? Does Rutland have Veterans returning here?’ If the answer is yes, then Easterseals is providing a huge benefit. Easterseals, in my opinion, is catching some of our most deserving, most vulnerable, who could be falling through the cracks.”

Special thanks to Tom Dowling, owner of the Mead Building, who was instrumental in helping us secure the new space, donated office furniture, and provided temporary space while the new office was being set up. Also special thanks to Bennington Furniture for their donation of couches, a changing table, and rocking chair for our Family Time Coaching rooms.

If you are interested in learning more about Easterseals services, please visit Easterseals.com/vt or call 802.223.4744.

About Easterseals Vermont

Easterseals Vermont was established in 1985 to provide exceptional services to ensure that all families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Easterseals Vermont currently provides services to Vermont residents in the following counties: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor. Our Family Engagement Specialists work closely with 9 of the 12 DCF offices and are serving, on average, more than 500 families each day. Our ongoing objective is to help build a strong future for Vermont children by assisting families with their needs. Our programs include:

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