Windsor Connection Resource Center Provides Family Winter Aid
Any New Englander knows that winter can be a time of hardship, and The Windsor Connection Resource Center in Windsor, VT, has helped many get through the difficult season. The Resource Center’s goal is to connect the Windsor, VT community and its residents to the wide variety of social and state agency services available. It strives to increase access to health, social, and educational services at the local level by addressing homelessness, housing, and hunger on the community level. In addition to their information and referral services, they rent out conference rooms and provide computers, phones, copy and fax machines to the public.
This past winter, Amanda* and her family found themselves visiting the Resource Center’s Giving Room (a room in the center that houses donated clothes) in search of warmer clothes. Amanda recalls a conversation she had with one of the employees that encouraged her to become a frequent visitor.
“This person listened to my story. I was able to build trust with her. Every week I came by, sometimes just to talk and share my concerns or if I was upset about something. She always took time to listen, and if she was busy helping others she would tell me when to come back.”
The Windsor Connection Resource Center not only helped Amanda find emotional support but also supplied her with the winter boots she desperately needed. “They would write down what was needed and ask my sizes. I walk everywhere, even to get my groceries. I needed men’s size 13 boots. [and] another time I came in and there were boots for me. It wasn’t long and I showed up one day and there was a huge fleece sweatshirt for me. I felt like it was Christmas all over again. I wish that more people knew how many ways that the Windsor Connection Resource Center can help you. [It] may not happen in a week, but let me tell you they figure out a way and get it done.”
*Name has been changed to remain anonymous.