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Opinion: Crisis, emergency repair and a long term fix

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Jan Demers



It was Friday night and he had no heat. His furnace was broken beyond repair. He was elderly, living alone and without any means to pay for a new furnace. CVOEO’s Crisis Fuel Program and then the Weatherization Emergency Heating program were called. Jeremy Francis, a CVOEO auditor, met him at his home. The furnace was replaced on Saturday morning. It was an emergency. The furnace needed to have an immediate fix or he could not stay in his home.

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Hero or Superhero? Jan Demers on bridging gaps, building futures

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By Jan Demers



She is a single mom with two young daughters. She was self-employed and contributing to our economy and hers; that is, until an accident derailed life and her income stopped.

He was working on starting a business. At the same time his gas was shut off. He is using electric heaters to keep warm and boiling his water on the stove for dishes and bathing.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance help available

Posted on February 29, 2016 |
By Jan Demers



Paying taxes can be frightening and confusing if you are elderly, a new American or have low income. The truth is paying taxes can be an anxiety-producing experience for anyone, me included. What if I make an error in calculations? What if I pay too much? What if I don’t pay enough?

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Opinion: It works - really?

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Jan Demers



He works full time. She works part time. They both make minimum wage. They have a large family. He had some health insurance. She had none. Their combined income was such that their children were covered under Dr. Dynasaur; that is, until they let their 3Square benefits lapse. He was the only one with health insurance after that. That is when the work of a Vermont Health Connect Navigator began.

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Driving force behind tenants program moving on

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Jan Demers



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Have you ever left a job that you loved? Later this month Pam Favreau will be doing just that, moving to Michigan to start a new adventure. Favreau has been the driving force behind and in front of the work of CVOEO’s Vermont Tenants program.

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Opinion: How many chances do we get?

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Jan Demers



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Opinion: CVOEO takes stock in 'American Dream'

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Jan Demers



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Bridging gaps, building futures: Weatherization key in future fuel policy

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Jan Demers



"It is very difficult to cover the expenses now with only one income for a large family. After his death (her partner) and losing the benefit of reduced pricing for fuel since he worked for the dealer, it was impossible to keep the house warm and comfortable. Now, since weatherization, we can be safe and comfortable.”

“What a difference to feel warm and to save on fuel.”

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