The Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program has awarded HCRS a $2,500 grant. The award recognizes HCRS’ mission to provide creative, collaborative, and compassionate health care services and will support our Shared Living Providers program, which provides homes for clients with developmental disabilities.
“Small and Inspiring projects remind us of the importance of community,” said Jen Peterson, Vice President for Program and Grants at the Community Foundation. “As we are confronted daily with news stories that incite feelings of fear and distrust, we are honored to support work that brings us together and nourishes the social fabric of our Vermont communities.”
The Shared Living Providers program delivers an essential service to HCRS’ clients through “Home Providers,” who open their homes to individuals with developmental disabilities and support their clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The adults they assist are unable to live on their own and generally do not have families who are able to support them.
The grant will also fund an essential monthly support group for Home Providers themselves, offering opportunities to compare their experiences and use each other as resources. In addition, the funds will provide access to educational speakers and other resources for these providers.
“While their work can be highly rewarding, HCRS’ Home Providers often experience challenges in providing 24/7 care for individuals with developmental disabilities,” said George Karabakakis, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, HCRS. “The Foundation’s award will make trainings available to Home Providers on effectively managing the challenges they face and also provide them valuable opportunities to support one another.”
The Vermont Community Foundation helps build and manage charitable funds created by individuals, families, groups, organizations and institutions. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities now and into the future. Its Small and Inspiring grants program helps to keep Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects where a small grant can make a big difference.