Community Connections



The Gathering Place has compiled a list of helpful resources and links for your assistance.  Our knowledgeable staff can also assist you and your loved ones to understand and access available services in the community. 

Abuse, Neglect and Violence

Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. To learn more, visit the web site of the National Council On Aging.

The Women’s Freedom Center
Supports all women who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. Services include: Safety planning, Shelter, Emergency transportation, Individual & group support.

24-Hour Hotline: 802-254-6954 (collect calls accepted) or 800-228-7395 (toll-free in Windham County)
Non-emergency: 802-257-7364

Domestic Violence Hotline
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
TTY: 1-800-787-3224
Advocates who are deaf are available to help from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST via:
Videophone 1-855-812-1001
Instant Messenger (DeafHotline)
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vermont Dept. of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living– Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services (APS) is responsible for protecting vulnerable adults whose health and welfare may be adversely affected by abuse, neglect or exploitation. Their website offers contact information, guidelines for recognizing and reporting abuse, and a form for reporting abuse.
1-800-564-1612 (toll-free)

Vermont Dept. of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living– Office of Public Guardian
Provides guardianship services to people aged 60 and over for whom a suitable and willing private guardian cannot be found. Every effort to locate a suitable private guardian must be made before a public guardian may be appointed. The Office of Public Guardian can also provide information to the public about guardianship and its alternatives, and help private guardians in understanding and carrying out their duties.

Vermont Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Assists residents of nursing homes and residential care homes, and advocates in their behalf. The goal of the Ombudsman is to protect the safety, welfare, and rights of long term care residents while supporting the independence of each resident. Ombudsman staff visit nursing homes and speak with residents throughout the year, working to make sure that the residents’ rights are being upheld. Many community volunteers also donate their time to the ombudsman program.
For Windham and Windsor Counties, call 885-5181

Alzheimer's and Chronic Conditions

Alzheimer’s Association – Vermont Chapter
24-HOUR HOTLINE: (800) 272-3900
Main office: 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495
Regional Office: 974 Western Ave., Suite 201, Brattleboro, VT
Office hours Thursday 9-2 p.m. Call to make an appointment.
(802) 316-3839 x8011

memorymemos Blog
This is a blog edited by Robert B. Santulli, M.D. of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
It contains articles, information and advice about Alzheimers disease, as well as updates about opportunities for support and education in the Upper Valley area.

Chronic Conditions Information Network
This website includes a variety of resources and ideas for anyone, of any age, who is living with a chronic or life-threatening condition. It provides resource information for VT and NH, and includes the “How to Get What You Need in Vermont: A Resource Guide for Those Living with a Chronic/Life Threatening Condition.”  You can download a copy of this booklet from the publications link.

Senior Solutions 

Senior Solutions offers services such as Case Managment, Meals on Wheels, Housing and Transportation, Care Giver Support Groups and much more. Senior Solutions can be contacted through the Senior Hotline at 800.642.5119. This is a toll-free, confidential call that links seniors age 60 and over with a representative from Senior Solutions. Senior Solutons can be found online at 


The Family Caregiver Alliance has an LGBT internet group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones. The Alliance also answers frequently asked questions about GLBT caregiving rights and strategies here, and legal questions related to aging here.

FORGE runs an e-mail listserv called ElderTG, for trans people aged 50+ and their allies. See to sign u


Under a new name, the Vermont food program helps ensure that people are able to eat 3 meals a day. Many people are eligible as the eligibility has been expanded. If you qualify, you will be given a card called an EBT that is used like a credit card. The EBT card can be used at grocery store and Farmers Markets.  Applications can be found on their website at or call toll free at 1-800-479-6151

Vermont’s 2-1-1

2-1-1 is the number to call for information about health and human services and organizations in your community. A call can be place anywhere in Vermont, 24 hours a day. They staff can get you services in Food Shelves, Housing; Homeless Prevention, Legal Assistance, Mental health Care and Counseling, Senior Information and Assistance, Transportation, and Wellness Programs. You can also visit them online at


Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA)
SEVCA is a private non-profit organization fostering sustainable self-sufficiency, strengthening communities and eliminating the root causes of poverty. SEVCA provides budget counseling, crisis intervention, early education and head start programs, employment preparation programs, fuel assistance, housing assistance, information and referral, micro business development, nutrition education, parenting education, thrift stores and weatherization and energy conservation services.

91 Buck Drive
Westminster, VT 051589
802-722-4575; or 800-464-9951

Energy Assistance

To see if you qualify and get an online application, visit their website at

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont

Crisis/Emergency 24-Hour Hotline: 800-622-4235

Site Offices
Bellows Falls: 1 Hospital Court Suite 410 Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Brattleboro:  51 Fairview St., Brattleboro, VT 05301
Agency Headquarters
390 River St., Springfield, VT 05156

The Brattleboro Retreat

The Brattleboro Retreat offers high quality mental heath and addiction treatment in a safe, restorative southern Vermont setting. Our campus is just a short drive from most northeastern cities.
Toll free: 1-800-RETREAT     Local: 1-802-257-7785    TTY: 1-802-258-3770 

Brattleboro Retreat 
Anna Marsh Lane 
P.O. Box 803 
Brattleboro, VT 05302

Community Cares Groups

For an introduction to the Cares groups of Windham County, you might like to watch this video.

Chester/Andover Community Cares Network
Contact Deb Armstrong: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
P.O. Box 64, Chester, VT 05143

Dummerston Cares
Contact Shirley Perkins: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
156 West St., Dummerston, VT 05301

Grafton Cares
Contact Dennis Hunt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
52 McCusker Rd., Athens VT 05143

Guilford Cares
Contact Leah Gessner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PO Box 2517, Brattleboro VT, 05303

Marlboro Cares
Contact Jennifer Mazur: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
P.O.Box 222, Marlboro, VT 05344

Putney Cares
Contact:  Pam Cubbage: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Call office & leave message: 802 387-5593
52 Kimball Hill Rd; PO Box 108; Putney, VT 05346

Westminster Cares
Contact Donna Dawson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
P.O. Box 312, Westminster, VT 05158

Windham Community Organization 
Contact Edith Serke: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
5976 Windham Hill Road, Windham, VT 05359

State of Vermont Agencies

Vermont Department of Disability, Aging and Independent Living

Vermont Healthcare Access

Vermont Department of Health, Ladies First Program
Ladies First is a health screening program for Vermont women. Ladies First removes  financial barriers that prevent many women from being screened for cancer or heart disease. Click on to learn more.
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street, P.O. Box 70 , Burlington , VT 05402-0070
802-863-7200 or 800-464-4343 (from within Vermont )

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

In Windham County:
232 Main St; P.O.Box 70; Brattleboro, VT 05301

In Windsor County:
224 Holiday Drive Suite A, White River Jct., VT 05001
100 Mineral St. Suite 201, Springfield, VT 05150

State Legislators, contact yours:
You can contact your legislators by telephone, mail, or e-mail. Their postal addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are listed in the Legislative Directory You can also meet your legislators in person at the State House or at various public functions in your district. In general, legislators are happy to hear from or meet with their constituents, time permitting.

US Representatives, contact yours:

Federal Agencies

Administration on Aging:

Medicare Regulations, Federal:

Social Security & SSI Office:
1-802-775-0893 or 1-866-690-1944  or 1-802-773-3202 (TTY)
330 Asa Bloomer Building
88 Merchant Row
Rutland, VT 05701

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs, two national health care programs that benefit about 75 million Americans. Find information on what Medicare covers, who is eligible and how to enroll. Use search tools to get a personalized report on Medicare health plans, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, participating physicians, and prescription drug programs in your area. If you have low income or limited resources, learn how the Medicaid program can help with your medical costs.

Home Health

Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire:
Admissions and Referrals: 1-800-575-5162
Business Office: 1-888-300-8853

Bayada Nurses
23 Marlboro Road, Suite 101,
Brattleboro, Vt 05301
802 254-7071

Other Resources

Whether you are caring for a loved one or looking for information for yourself, these resources will help.  They will open a new door and help you manage all you are doing.