Merry Christmas from ANEW Place

Dear Friends and Partners, It’s impossible for me to walk through the Christmas season without reflecting on the roots of ANEW Place.  As some of you may know, in 1982 a group of community members from local area churches had the idea of forming what was then Burlington Emergency Shelter because they believed God cared deeply about those on the fringe of our community who felt forgotten.  

Common Ground

We can easily forget we are more alike than we are different. Sometimes it’s something as weighty as a dad desiring to spend quality time with his children.  Sometimes something lighter like enjoying a bike ride on a sunny summer day. Sometimes it’s a conversation about someone struggling forward through their brokenness and their need for grace. This is powerful common ground: shared desires, shared joys, shared brokenness, and a shared experience of grace. While standing on this common ground … read more

ANEW Season

People matter. These two words have echoed in my mind these past few weeks as I’ve thought about our neighbors who’ve been pushed to the fringe of society and feel like they’ve been forgotten by God. They matter. They matter to God. They should matter to me. I don’t just want to join the conversation- I want to join a solution. When the board of directors of ANEW Place approached me about the Executive Director role, I knew this was a … read more


Dear friends, I’m writing to let you know some news.  As you may have heard, my husband Chad and I will be welcoming our newest family member and first child into the world this June!  We are so excited about this next season and all of the newness and joy that will come with it.  Over the last few months, I’ve spent some time praying and thinking through what this next season will look like for our family and for ANEW.  … read more

A New Year, ANEW Leaf

The beginning of a New Year is a rare time that unites people across time zones because of how it provides the collective opportunity for a clean slate.  Many look forward to the New Year in hopes of turning over a new leaf.  While life circumstances don’t magically change for the better when the clocks strikes midnight, for many, there is a shift in our thinking, a sliver of hope, and a newfound courage to take the necessary steps toward … read more

Goodbye to Our Dear Friend

by Valerie J. Brosseau It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend, advocate, long-time Board member, and unwavering cheerleader of ANEW Place.  On November 17th, Bill Hogan went home to be with the Lord and our community lost an incredible man whose legacy lives on. Bill joined our Board of Directors in 2006 and served for several years as the Board Chairman.  Bill’s enthusiasm for our mission guided us through choppy waters, always keeping … read more

ANEW Place Welcomes New Leaders to Board of Directors

ANEW Place is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members to their Board of Directors. The Board of ANEW Place provides support and advocacy around ANEW’s mission and 4-phase transitional programs to reintegrate homeless adults back into the community through holistic help, job skill training, and long-term solutions. Matt Beer is a long time supporter of ANEW Place and is the Executive Director at 150 Cherry St. in Burlington Vermont. 150 Cherry St. Inc. facilitates community initiatives … read more

Let’s Settle this like Adults: Rock Paper Scissors Tournament to benefit ANEW Place

The sun was setting beautifully outside the windows of the Burlington International Airport while competitors excitedly trickled in, registering for their chance to win the title of 2016 Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Champion. In additional to dozens of spectators, over 65 contestants came out to battle it out individually and on teams. Contestants moved past registration with their Swag Bags in hand, courtesy of our generous event contributors, to purchase the additional lives they would need to keep them alive … read more

Reunited at Last

In 2010, Miguel showed up at the door of ANEW Place. He was desperate, tired, and scared.  He had just fled religious oppression and torture in his home country and found his way to us, not knowing a lick of English or if his family was even still alive. He was in absolute survival mode.  Acknowledging he was finally safe, Miguel started working with ANEW Place staff to get himself situated in this new community. He soon began learning English … read more

Investing in Freedom

In order to move forward in life, it necessitates a harmonious relationship between independence and interdependence. There are many varying perspectives on freedom and independence within our culture but one truth that we have come to realize as we walk alongside our guests at ANEW Place is that true freedom means becoming free of the things that have held us down in the past and feeling confident and hopeful about the future. Becoming independent from our past requires becoming more … read more