Help Provide a Safety Net for Women in Recovery

Thanks in part to more than 270 generous donors, Downstreet is creating a Recovery Residence in downtown Barre aimed at housing women on the path to recovery from Substance Use Disorder and their children. We purchased a building in Barre earlier this year and began renovations, but the work isn’t done and we need your help!

Recovery is a difficult process. We recognize that a resident may need to be removed from the home if they temporarily relapse or otherwise jeopardize the safety and sobriety of fellow house members. A group of eight local service providers* are collaborating to provide a Safety Net plan to ensure safe, stable housing and on-going wrap around services during any time a resident needs to leave the Recovery Residence. A Safety Net Apartment is a critical component of this plan.

Downstreet owns a building near the future RR that contains a space currently used for storage. We are making this space available as a Safety Net Apartment at no cost to the program for an unlimited amount of time, but the unit requires approximately $30,000-$35,000 in renovations to be suitable.

The creation of this secondary unit to serve as a Safety Net Apartment is vital to the success of the RR, and your donation will help make it a reality.

*Collaborative Partners: Downstreet Housing & Community Development | Central Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department | Family Center of Washington County | Good Samaritan Haven | Turning Point Center of Central Vermont | Vermont Agency of Human Services | Vermont Foundation of Recovery | Washington County Mental Health Services

Read more about the Barre Recovery Residence Project

52,000 Vermonters (1 in 10 over the age of 12) struggle with substance use disorder (SUD). Despite the fact that women, many with dependent children, make up 42% of all Vermonters receiving treatment for SUD, only 27% of recovery residence beds are reserved for women while 73% are reserved for men. In Central Vermont, there are currently no Recovery Residence beds for women. Learn more about our Barre Recovery Residence and how it will address this problem.

You can help these moms and kids by supporting our Barre Recovery Residence project, which will convert a three-story building in Barre into a sober living environment for up to six women and their children coming directly from homelessness.

Thanks to donors like you, we raised enough money to close on the purchase of the property that will become the Barre Recovery Residence! We still have a funding gap to close, but we are one step closer to to making this project happen.

Support the Barre Recovery Residence

We extend our deepest thanks to the major funders of this project, including:

The Hoehl Family Foundation

Thom & Karen Lauzon   

Avada Fund of the
Vermont Community Foundation     


The Alchemist Brewery | Anonymous (2) | Back Forty Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation | Ben & Jerry's Foundation
beth mueller inc. | Chandler-Shreve Family Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey | Doherty Fund at Schwab Charitable
Bob & Kathy Elias Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Green Mountain United Way (THRIVE partner
and lead agency of the Greater Barre Working Communities Challenge) | Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund
Lawson’s Finest Liquids | Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc. | Northfield Savings Bank | Osprey Fund of Fidelity Charitable | Nancy & Steven Post
rk Miles | Scott + Partners | Helen Moore Von Oehsen