HomeShare Vermont is a small non-profit organization with a big mission. Our experienced staff, magnified by 14 dedicated Staff Volunteers, is constantly striving to serve you better.
HomeShare Vermont (formerly known as Project Home) was founded in 1982 by a group of local volunteers through the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). With help from several University of Vermont professors they developed the program from scratch, including the matching process that we still use today. In 1986 HomeShare Vermont became a program of the Cathedral Square Corporation (CSC), a local non-profit housing development organization that focuses on the needs of seniors and people with disabilities. Due to the growth of both HomeShare and CSC, HomeShare Vermont became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 2005.
Volunteers & Volunteering
Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds are the cornerstone of HomeShare Vermont. They provide the majority of our service delivery system, and are one of the primary reasons we are so successful. Our 14 Staff Volunteers spend an average of 5-10 hours per week providing casework and contributing their unique insights to the screening and matching process.
Interested in being a staff volunteer and want to learn more? Watch this video featuring a few of our amazing volunteers!
We are always looking for new volunteers. While our Staff Volunteer positions (discussed above) are rarely vacant, we can always use assistance with events and outreach. You may prefer to work on a committee or serve on our board of directors.
Meet the Staff
Kirby Dunn, Executive Director
Kirby has led HomeShare Vermont since July 2000 and has over 25 years of experience working with housing related non-profit organizations. Prior to HomeShare Vermont she directed the Homeownership Program at the Champlain Housing Trust, the largest community land trust in the country. She also worked for fourteen years at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), a regional anti-poverty agency, where she developed and led a number of different housing programs and services. Kirby served on the boards of directors of CVOEO, Community of Vermont Elders, The National Shared Housing Resource Center, and on the Advisory Board for the Foster Grandparents/RSVP programs. She has a BA from the University of Vermont.
Amy Jelen, Homesharing Coordinator
Amy joined HomeShare Vermont in August 2007. Her experience includes five years of directing the activities and volunteer coordination program at Burlington’s Converse Home, a residential care home for seniors. She worked with at-risk youth for Watonwan County Human Services in Minnesota for three years and for the Northeastern Family Institute, assisting with strengths-building and social skills development. Her degree is in social work from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Holly Reed, Office Manager
Holly started at HomeShare Vermont in November 2010. Prior to her arrival she directed volunteer programs for 17 years–first at the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and then at United Way of Chittenden County. Holly also worked as a nurse for 21 years. Over that time she held positions at Fletcher Allen Health Care; Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA; the UVM School of Nursing; and the VT State Nurses’ Association. She has a BS in professional nursing from the University of Vermont and a MS in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Delaware.
Lisa Meyer, Case Manager
Lisa joined HomeShare Vermont in January 2013. She came to HomeShare from the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties where she most recently worked as an Intake and Referral Nurse. Prior to that, she was a Nurse Supervisor for the VNA’s Private Care program. She supervised caregivers who provided direct care to clients in their homes. She has also worked as a school nurse. She received her nursing degree from Norwich University and has a Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College.
Our Board of Directors
HomeShare Vermont’s Board of Directors represents a variety of expertise and dedication to our mission. These volunteers are essential to our success.
|Margaret Cicchetti, President
|John Draper, Treasurer
Attorney, Paul Frank & Collins
|Zachary Manchester, Secretary
University of Vermont
|Estelle Deane, Board Member Emeritus
Travel Agent, Accent Travel
Guidance Counselor, retired
Burlington Edible History Tour
Attorney, Stark Law, PLLC
Spread the Word
One of the great challenges of HomeShare Vermont is letting people know what we do. One of the best ways you can help us is to let others in on the secret! Homesharing programs are few and far between. In fact, there are less than 100 around the country.
- Refer friends and neighbors who can use our services–be our ambassador, help spread the word, encourage others to call us.
- Like us on Facebook. Post on our page letting others know about our services or how we might have helped you or a family member.
- Attend our events and bring your friends. We have annual fundraising parties and open houses.
For people who live outside of our service area where there is not a homesharing organization to help you find a match, we have developed The Vermonter’s Guide to Homesharing. This has been updated in honor of our 30th Anniversary thanks to a grant from AARP-Vermont. Click here to download the guide.
Each year HomeShare Vermont publishes our Annual Report which highlights our recent successes, our supporters, and our finances. If you would like to better understand the organization this gives some more detailed information. Our fiscal year is July 1–June 30, i.e. FY12 ended June 30, 2012.If you prefer we mail you a printed copy of our most recent report, please let us know.
Several times a year we publish a printed newsletter. These are sent to program participants, donors and other interested people. Here is our library of recent newsletters. Add your name to our e-mail list to receive newsletters.