Learn about SASH


As we age, we often face challenges in our everyday life and care of self that can lead to the need for residence in a nursing home or other care facility. Many people prefer aging in place while they access home healthcare, allowing them to remain in the homes they know and love. The Support & Services at Home (SASH) program strives to make that possibility a reality for our elderly and disabled neighbors.

COVID-19 Information

In an effort to maintain social distancing while still providing services to our SASH participants, our SASH Program Coordinators will continue to check in with all SASH participants, but will limit in-person contact to emergencies only. SASH participants are encouraged to reach out to their SASH Coordinators Kenneth, Jen, and Maxine as usual, especially if they are feeling particularly isolated, lonely, or unwell.

We will continue to send out the monthly SASH FLASH newsletter which will be loaded with good information for your health and well-being during this challenging time. We are glad to enroll new participants and re-enroll participants in a combination of telephone calls (or video call if you are able to join this way on your smartphone or computer) and mail for needed signatures. Please do call your SASH Coordinator, even if it's just to say hello and share small things going on for you, since we are not able to see you in the hallways and at our socials. We will miss seeing you during this time.

What is SASH?

SASH is a free health and wellness program that provides a continuum of care to support residents within senior housing sites. By delivering basic care directly to participants’ homes, more of our residents can stay connected to the things they need to stay happy and healthy in their homes.

Where is SASH available?

SASH is a state-wide health and wellness program that supports elders and people living with disabilities in affordable senior housing throughout all counties of the state. It’s also available on a limited basis for Medicare recipients who may live near these senior living building sites. Here in Central Vermont, we have nine SASH teams that serve Waterbury, Waitsfield, Montpelier, Northfield, East Montpelier, Cabot, Morrisville, Randolph, and Barre.

Meet Our SASH Team

Our SASH team serves the awesome participants of Orange, Washington, and Lamoille Counties.


Kenneth Russell

SASH Program Manager & Coordinator

Kenneth is the Lead SASH Coordinator for Downstreet’s elder & disabled residential building. He has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University. Part of his work here is helping our elder and disabled residents connect to helpful services and organizations in their communities and central Vermont. His work also includes being present regularly in the buildings to help residents stay “happy, healthy & connected”. He offers them classes in Tai Chi, aerobic exercise and other types of movement fun! Twice a year he visits his parents in South Carolina (yes, he’s a flatlander!) who are getting older themselves and need some support. When he’s not at work, he enjoys winter sports, vegetable gardening, UU Society activities, volleyball and hiking with his husband, Harry. They live in the town of Hinesburg, surrounded by their chickens, ducks, geese, horses and the Russell family farm and sugarbush.

Jennifer LaPan

SASH Coordinator for Washington County

Jennifer joined the Downstreet team in May of 2014. As the SASH Coordinator for the Montpelier area through the Support and Services at Home Program, Jennifer works with the elder and disabled residents in five different properties in Montpelier. She has her B.S. in Human Services that she earned in 2005 from Lyndon State College. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family & friends, camping, listening to music, watching sports and riding the back wood trails of Vermont with her family in their six seater ATV side by side. Jennifer lives in West Topsham with her husband, two daughters and their beloved black lab.

Maxine Adams

SASH Coordinator for Lamoille County

Maxine supports seniors in their homes in Lamoille County and has been with Downstreet for four years. She has an MSW from University of Connecticut and formerly worked for Planned Parenthood in Burlington. She’s a transplant from Maine and lives with her husband and two rescue dogs and enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, skiing, skating, and spending time with her two grand-daughters.