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Community Friends Mentoring Program receives grant to expand services in Colchester

HowardCenter’s Community Friends Mentoring Program recently received a $12,000 grant through the 2014-2015 Vermont Mentoring Grants initiative, Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership. Community Friends is one of 27 programs throughout the state to receive a grant to support adult-to-youth mentoring programs. The Vermont Mentoring Grants are made possible through funding support from the A.D. Henderson Foundation, the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, and the Vermont Agency of Human Services.

As part of HowardCenter’s Child, Youth and Family Services, Community Friends Mentoring matches Chittenden County youth ages 6-12 who have stresses in their lives with caring adults. Mentoring pairs are supported with professional supervision and, if need be, in-house clinical support. The goal is to create quality friendships that work for children, volunteers, and families. Community Friends will use the award to support the more than 70 mentor pairs and to expand the program in the Colchester area. The nurturing relationships have a tremendous impact on the lives of children, and one grandmother, who is the guardian of a young girl, says, “The mentoring program is a dream come true. She has someone she can talk to who is closer to her age, and she feels very comfortable with.”

For more information or to become a Community Friends Mentor, contact Catherine Shahan at 488-6650 or