Help Create a Home for Moms and Kids through the

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 in Barre aimed at housing moms in recovery and their children. The first focus for the Eileen Impact and Innovation Fund is to bridge a funding gap for our 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 a the Barre Recovery Residence! We still have a funding gap to close, but we are one step closer to to making this project happen.


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 |
Scott + Partners | Helen Moore Von Oehsen


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.