I Like How You Sparkle: Inspiration from 2nd Graders

Molly Emerson, a long time ANEW Place volunteer, is sure to always have two key accessories to complete every outfit; a smile and a helping hand. Kindness, helping others, and self reflection are the cornerstones of the teaching method that she uses in her classroom. Ms. Emerson, as she’s known to her 2nd grade class, decided to bring along a component of compassion and community awareness to her class’s Valentine’s Day celebration by creating Hearts of Encouragement for our guests … read more

Gala 2015: Valerie Brosseau, Executive Director’s Speech (Pt2)

When Melanie first came to ANEW, each day was a struggle just to get out of bed and keep going. A past of physical and emotional abuse with the only respite found in the dull numbing of alcohol, Melanie was lost. Fast-forward several months later, through counseling support, a strong community around her, recovery meetings, and prayer, Melanie began to find a life that she knew was worth living. Now she has her own apartment, she has a support system … read more

ANEW Place Welcomes Ken Knelly to Board of Directors

ANEW Place is pleased to announce that Ken Knelly has joined their Board of Directors. “Ken has a great deal of experience in serving on nonprofit Boards and developing strategies to best meet the community’s needs,” says Valerie Brosseau, Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to have him join our team and look forward to working together to continue fostering lifelong change for homeless adults in our community.” Knelly currently serves as Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at SUNY Plattsburgh. He … read more

Helping Hands Gift Wrap Booth Raises $12,500 for ANEW Place!

ANEW Place is excited to announce that the 22nd Annual Helping Hands Gift Wrap Fundraiser, generously sponsored by North Country Federal Credit Union at the University Mall was a rousing success! The Helping Hands Gift Wrap Booth was open every day from December 4th through December 24th during mall hours with wonderful volunteers ready to wrap Christmas presents for the community. More than 150 volunteers joined together for this Christmas tradition to work shifts at the booth and many volunteers … read more

Rock Paper Scissors Tournament: Part Deux

The crowd paced back and forth waiting for the doors to the Arts Riot Main Stage to open and reveal a showdown of champions. This competition was second of its kind, following the first Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) Tournament to benefit ANEW Place held back in July. (For a recap on RPS 1 click HERE) Many community members came out to support ANEW Place and some friendly, yet intense competition during this event! We are very happy to report that … read more

ANEW Place Welcomes New Residential Counselor

ANEW Place is pleased to announce the addition of Micha Loeffler, who has recently joined our team as a Residential Counselor. Micha’s role is instrumental in building camaraderie in our house environment and ensuring that our guests are getting the best possible support we can provide. As a long time volunteer and supporter of ANEW Place, Micha has been well connected to our guests, our mission and our holistic 4-phase transitional programs for homeless adults. In his own words, “I … read more


National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week takes place in November. During this month, ANEW Place will be featuring some of the beautiful stories that make up our family through regular posts on our Facebook and Instagram. In light of the many ideas, assumptions, misconceptions, and opinions about what homelessness is and who homeless persons are, the motivation behind is to reveal to the community at large that our homeless population in Burlington is made up of a mixture of real … read more

How Do We Respond to the Brokenhearted?

A few weeks ago, a member of our community contacted me to request a tour of our shelter. She expressed that she was moved by the many homeless men and women she sees on the streets but felt apprehensive about engaging in conversation or giving them money. I shared with her some of my thoughts and as I was sharing, I realized that there may be others in our community who have her same questions and burdens. And if you … read more

Volunteer Highlight: Janette Hart and Lighthouse Baptist Church

One of our unique distinctions as a shelter is our Meals Program.  Every night of the year, an individual, family, business, restaurant or community group prepares and provides a meal for our guests.  It is a great opportunity to be intentionally involved with our guests.  Members of our community generously supply a meal for our guests and are invited to stay and join in fellowship during dinner.  And sometimes a round of cards or story telling may commence which usually … read more

Rock Paper Scissor Tournament Fundraiser

What do you get when you combine a community armadillo with a co-founder of Brio Coffee?  An epic Rock Paper Scissors showdown! Last week, we held our first ever Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Challenge (RPS) and we sure had a blast!   Throughout the tournament, participants utilized their body language reading skills together with their statistical studies and took a chance in an all-out battle for a cash prize and gift certificates to many awesome local Vermont restaurants.  Beginning with a … read more