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Helping Hands for Our Neighbors

Mission Statement

The mission of Dummerston Cares is to strengthen the Dummerston Community through support of all residents with health and other wellness needs, through services, programs and resources of its own and those of related local, regional and state organizations and agencies.

Cares for Dummerston Cares means compassionate, thoughtful and kind attention to another through action in support of those with health and related wellness needs. Cares is providing “helping hands for our neighbors”.

Emergency Preparedness

With winter upon us, Dummerston Cares wants to make sure that everyone in our community is prepared in advance for the disruptions caused by severe weather and/or other emergencies. In our efforts to bring safety services to members of our community, we are offering easy access to two services available to us throughout the year to inform residents of emergencies and to help those who need assistance during these times.

Through VT-ALERT, Vermont Emergency Management has made it possible for you to receive alerts about impending severe storms, local flooding, local evacuation information and more. You can receive these alerts via text, email, or telephone. You can access this service by going

The Vermont Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies (CARE) is available for those who need special assistance during emergency situations.  This system alerts first responders to your situation so that they can better serve those with a disability, mobility issue or medical condition. To register for this service, the Town Office has forms available or access the registry by going to:

Aging Well Program Series

Aging in Place With Company

Discussion facilitated by Annamarie Pluhar,

a Dummerston resident and author of Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.

Social isolation is one of the dangers of growing older.  Lessened mobility combined with the loss of family and friends and it’s easy for a person living alone to spend lots of time alone.  Sharing housing is a good solution.

Come learn more about how this option might work for you or someone you know.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Snow date: January 24
10:30am to 12:45pm (lunch is included)
Dummerston Center Church

Register online or leave a message
on our helpline at 802-257-5800

Joys and Challenges of Living Alone

Discussion facilitated by Claire Halverson

a Dummerston resident and Board Certified Coach from the Center for Credentialing and Education. She presents The Journey of Positive Aging at continuing education programs and senior centers, and publishes a newsletter.

This will be a highly interactive session in which we will explore what we like about living alone and what are the challenges. We will note themes about the challenges and form small groups to discuss a challenge and how we can meet it. We will develop a contact list (optional) for further connection.

Thursday, February 12, 2019
Snow date: February 14
10:30am to 12:45pm (lunch is included)
Dummerston Center Church

Register online or leave a message
on our helpline at 802-257-5800
For more information call Claire at (802) 254-6098.

Activities

Gentle Yoga Class

led by Judith Carpenter P.A, a registered yoga teacher.

This is an 8 week program and, like all Dummerston Cares programs, is free to Dummerston residents and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate students who want to learn or refresh restorative yoga techniques. Equipment will be available for loan for those who do not have their own.

Tuesdays beginning
January 29,, 2019
9:00am to 10:00am
Dummerston Center Church (downstairs)

Sign up is required since there are a limited number of spaces

Register online or leave a message
on our helpline at 802-257-5800

Tai Chi

led by John Hury, an experienced Tai Chi teacher with an interest in the relationship between Tai Chi practice and health.

This is an 10 week program and, like all Dummerston Cares programs, is free to Dummerston residents and is appropriate for beginning as well as Tai Ch practitioners who would like to approach their practice with a “beginners mind”.

Mondays beginning
February 25,, 2019
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Venue TBD

Sign up is required since there are a limited number of spaces

Register online or leave a message
on our helpline at 802-257-5800

Upcoming Events

Thu 17

“Aging in Place with Company” Discussion

January 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Dummerston VT
United States
Tue 29

Gentle Yoga Series

January 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Dummerston VT
United States
Feb 05

Gentle Yoga Series

February 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Dummerston VT
United States
Feb 12

Gentle Yoga Series

February 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Dummerston VT
United States
Feb 12

“Joys and Challenges of Living Alone” Discussion

February 12 @ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm
Dummerston VT
United States

Testimonials

Thanks for the prompt and wonderful service to my neighbor with (delivery) of a hospital bed and wheel chair. She and her husband are very grateful. Cares will have a great fan in them.

JW

Thanks for all of your help in moving some furniture out of my garage. Now I can put my car in the garage this winter. It really helps when you can’t do some things for yourself any more.

TD

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