Honoring a Legacy

eileen impact and innovation fund

During her time as the organization’s Executive Director, Eileen Peltier championed statewide efforts to provide recovery housing and supports to those with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Her work led to a partnership between Downstreet and Vermont Foundation of Recovery to create a recovery residence aimed at housing women with dependent children in Barre. The first focus for the Eileen Impact and Innovation Fund is to bridge a funding gap for our Barre Recovery Residence project.

We need your help to bring Eileen's vision to fruition.

Our first goal for the Eileen Impact and Innovation Fund is to raise $75,000 to support our Barre Recovery Residence project. 52,000 Vermonters 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.

You can help these women and their children 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.

So far we have raised $29,890, almost half of our initial $75,000 goal! Please make a gift today and help women with dependent children in their journey to recovery.




Over the last 14 years, Eileen enabled Downstreet to grow substantially, creating more than 200 new homes for our Central Vermont neighbors. Eileen has always approached affordable housing as a social justice issue, acknowledging the need to think beyond four walls and a roof. With this innovative style, she has championed numerous projects and programs that have brought Downstreet to the cutting edge of affordable housing development: SASH, the LIFT Tiny Homes, Recovery Residences, and THRIVE, Central Vermont’s accountable community for health group to name a few.

Many of these forward-thinking initiatives were made possible by one-time funding, acquired through generous grants and bequests. In order to continue Eileen’s legacy of modern affordable housing projects and programs that make a lasting impact, Downstreet’s Board of Trustees has established a fund in her name that will provide the ability to be flexible and responsive when new opportunities arise.

The Eileen Impact & Innovation Fund will be used to continue Eileen’s innovative approach, including:

  • High-impact, mission-inspired projects with innovative approaches;
  • Work that strengthens Downstreet’s focus on equity and racial justice; and
  • Efforts to connect housing and services in our communities.

Please consider making a gift to the Eileen Impact & Innovation Fund. Your gift will honor her service to Central Vermont while empowering Downstreet to innovate into the future.