Bank donates $5,000 to area shelter

Chittenden Bank, a division of People's Untied Bank, presented $5,000 to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont for its Emergency Shelter Program.

"We are seeing a staggering rise in requests for assistance," said Ludy Biddle of NWWVT, "In 2008 we were able to assist only 32 percent of families -nearly all of them with children, who needed our emergency services" said Biddle, who accepted the grant on behalf of NWWVT yesterday at the NWWVT office on Marble Street in West Rutland.

For 14 years, NeighborWorks has provided grants and financial counseling services to members of our community who are in danger of losing their homes because of delinquent rent or mortgage payments, or unpaid utility bills.

"Most of these clients are experiencing temporary challenges such as illness, job loss, or divorce," said Nancy Gilman, who counsels clients at NWWVT. "A month's rent or help with fuel bills will give them time to get back on their feet and make the crucial difference in avoiding homelessness. Our goal is to provide assistance in an emergency so a short term situation doesn't turn into an irreversible catastrophe."

The grant from Chittenden Bank, a division of People's Untied Bank, will support more counseling for families who are in need of emergency services from NeighborWorks.

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is a non profit community development organization serving Rutland, Addison and Bennington counties. They work to develop the self reliance of individuals and focus on sustainable homeownership through education, counseling, technical, and financial services.

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