Green Mountain United Way expands Working Bridges to serve employees at CVHHH

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Green Mountain United Way expands Working Bridges to serve employees at CVHHH

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 2:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain United Way has announced that Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (CVHHH) has joined the Working Bridges program and will be bringing this program to its employees. Working Bridges, a program of Green Mountain United Way, is designed to foster the shared understanding that barriers such as childcare, food insecurity and acute need for emergency financial assistance get in the way of continuous employment and derail good employees.

The program brings Resource Coordinator Laurie Kelty on-site weekly at CVHHH to provide assistance to employees in order to navigate local resources. As a trained K.E.E.P. Financial Coach, Kelty is also available to coach employees who are navigating complicated financial situations. In addition to Resource Coordination, Working Bridges™ provides Income Advance Loans to employees, Mobile Volunteer Tax Preparation Program, and on-site classes based on employee needs.

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice welcomes Green Mountain United Way's Working Bridges program to serve their employees. Left to right: Sandy Rousse, CVHHH CEO, Laurie Kelty, Working Bridges Resource Coordinator, Rebecca Bowen, CVHHH Director Human Resource. Photo credit: Green Mountain United Way

“It is CVHHH's mission to provide comprehensive care and emotional support to clients in the comfort and privacy of home. This requires a significant amount of energy, creativity, and time from our visiting and office staff. I want to make sure that all members of our team have the supports they need to thrive in and out of the workplace and to continue to provide top-quality care to all central Vermonters” said Sandy Rousse, President and CEO of Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice. “We are excited to partner with Green Mountain United Way and to bring Working Bridges to CVHHH,” she continued.

Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice joins Central Vermont Medical Center, Weidmann Electrical Technology, Northern Counties Health Care, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, and ABC-LOL Childcare as the 6th Working Bridges program site served by Green Mountain United Way in their five-county region. Working Bridges was founded in Chittenden County by the United Way of Northwest Vermont and an innovative group of business leaders seeking creative solutions to poverty and new ways to support workers to help them stay employed.

“This program brings support for those who are so well known throughout our community for the support and care they provide to families facing difficult situations. We are honored that CVHHH has chosen to partner with us to help ensure that their employees continue to be able to offer the high quality of care they are known for and are supported by our Resource Coordinator in their own lives,” said Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director of Green Mountain United Way.

About Green Mountain United Way: Green Mountain United Way is a Vermont not-for-profit organization in operation since 1976. They work to improve the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties by mobilizing the caring power of communities around our region to advance the common good. No other single organization has the scope and influence to bring together human service agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

Source: Green Mountain United Way. Berlin, Vermont – February 11, 2019