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Kurn Hattin Homes for Children: Changing Generations

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The values we live by are worth more when we pass them on.    

It’s pretty amazing when you stop to think about the number of lives that have been touched by Kurn Hattin Homes for Children over the years.   

Being There: Houseparenting at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

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 ...She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark.  
~Barbara Alpert 

Just in time for Mother's Day, here's a tribute to Kristin McGee, who found her calling 12 years ago when she began her work as a houseparent in one of the residential cottages at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, a charitable year-round home and school for children at-risk or in need.

The Kurn Hattin Music Program: The Heartbeat of a Community for At-risk Children


For over 100 years, music has played an essential role at Kurn Hattin, a charitable home and school for at-risk children in Vermont.  Since 1985, Music Program Director, Lisa Bianconi, has been using music to reach out to kids in need, to help them feel positive and connected and find the confidence and self-esteem to rise above adversity. 

Sugaring Season and a New Leadership Team at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Vermont Sugar Maples

Boil down the sweet sap which the spring causes to flow within you -Stop not at syrup; go on to sugar...
Henry David Thoreau

Two tall sugar maples stand side by side on a snowy Vermont hillside. Their roots run deep, intersecting and intertwining. They have grown here together for years, providing shade and shelter, weathering the changing seasons, and soaking in the rain and sun that have ripened them with wisdom and sweet potential.

A Career of Caring: Christopher Barry Retires from Kurn Hattin Homes

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Leadership is a journey of discovery. It is the expression of a person at his or her best whose aim is to transform something for the better and to develop this potential in others. It is not a solitary pursuit but one that harnesses the energy of those around you. Hilary Owen

After 40 years of service to children and families in need, there’s no doubt that Christopher Barry fits the description of a dedicated leader. September 14th 2012 marked Chris’s official retirement from his post as Executive Director at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.

Transition and Transformation for Children and Families in Need

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September in Vermont brings dazzling sunny days, offering a glimpse of golden-edges on the lush, dark green shades of summer. Trees cast off the first few fluttering leaves, as crisp breezes carry the scent of fresh apples ready for picking in the orchards. Monarch butterflies emerge and embark on their first trembling flights—reminders of the ever-changing world around us.

A Few Words about Kurn Hattin Homes for Children


Be ours a purpose firm and sure
Be ours a manhood staunch and pure
~Reverend Charles Dickinson, Kurn Hattin’s founder, in his Harvard Class Day poem, 1876

There’s a lot to say about Kurn Hattin: About the steadfast legacy, more than a century old, of caring for children, each with his or her own story to tell. About the hundreds of passionate, dedicated staff, volunteers and donors over the decades, who have gone the extra mile to make a difference for children in need. About hope and trust recovered, families strengthened, and lives placed lovingly back on track.

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