CVRAN Hosts Gathering For Service Providers: How Can We Best Help Asylum Seekers?

Poster to announce a meeting
November 28, 2023 0 Comments

On October 25th, 2023, sixteen service providers from Washington, Lamoille, and Chittenden Counties gathered in the Steele Room of the Waterbury Municipal Building. There was an eagerness to discuss the barriers asylum seekers face as they move into our area, to tell stories that make these barriers come more alive, and to wonder about possible …

What Are Fellow CVRAN Members Reading?

November 24, 2023 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, we sent out a request to CVRAN members asking if they had read any good books focused on refugees, asylum seekers, or immigration.  Here are several of those recommendations along with links to help you learn more about the books.  We’ll send out more in the next few weeks. Hope you …

Letter from the President: A Small Garden

Close view of pink flowers by Brian Breeden on
November 18, 2023 0 Comments

November 13, 2023 Dear CVRAN Community, Greetings. Imagine yourself a plant in a garden. All around you other plants are growing, clustering, and the fruit and the blooms emerging, or in this season preparing for a season of hibernation. From your unique position you cannot see the borders of the garden, nor know what plant …

An Appreciation of the Hankins Family – Three Time Hosts!

November 14, 2023 0 Comments

On October 14th, a potluck was held for the wonderful Hankins family. They have  hosted three asylum seekers over the past three years in a roomy, light-filled apartment over their garage, with a private entrance. Their hosting includes lots of companionship, shared dinners, garden space, and strong relationships among each guest and all five members …