Crisis, emergency repair and long term fix

By Jan Demers It was Friday night and he had no heat. His furnace was broken beyond repair. He was elderly, living alone and without any means to pay for a new furnace. CVOEO’s Crisis Fuel Program and then the Weatherization Emergency Heating program were called. Jeremy Francis, a CVOEO auditor, met him at his… Read More »

You still have to pay the tax

Jan Demers, CVOEO, Executive Director Paying taxes can be frightening and confusing if you are elderly, a new American or have low income. The truth is paying taxes can be an anxiety producing experience for anyone, me included. What if I make an error in calculations? What if I pay too much? What if I… Read More »

Hero or superhero

By Jan Demers With a red “S” on a yellow field emblazoned across his muscular body, he was “faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Yes, it’s Superman, strange visitor… Read More »

If you are not part of the solution

By Jan Demers She is a single mom with two young daughters. She is self-employed and contributing to our economy and hers, that is until an accident derailed life and her income stopped. He is working on starting a business. At the same time his gas was shut off. He was using electric heaters to… Read More »

You’re cold, getting warm … warmer …

By Jan Demers More and more grandparents are assuming a parenting role for their grandchildren. For example, I know two senior citizens who are solidly in this position. The grandchildren are both under seven years old. The grandparents own their own home and both are on Social Security Disability Insurance. They live in a beautiful… Read More »

Vermont Health Connect open enrollment

By Jan Demers,  CVOEO Executive Director  He works full time. She works part time. They both make minimum wage. They have a large family. He had some health insurance. She had none. Their combined income was such that their children were covered under Dr. Dynasaur, that is, until they let their 3Square benefits lapse. He… Read More »

Moving on

Moving on

  By Jan Demers Have you ever left a job that you loved? Later this month Pam Favreau will be doing just that, moving to Michigan to start a new adventure. Favreau has been the driving force behind, and in front of, the work of CVOEO’s Vermont Tenant’s Program. Having been with the program for… Read More »