There are a lot of good people working to support people without homes in our community–from LCH staff and board members to volunteers–it’s a huge team effort! Each week, we’ll be giving a shout out to one member of our organization our social media pages. We are also using this blog post to keep them all in once place. We’ll update this blog as we post more LCH team spotlights.
Sue Grimes is one of our amazing Outreach Staff doing work in hotels. She helps guests meet their basic needs by providing meals and needed goods, coordinating with service providers, and being a supportive presence for the guests.
Sue wanted to join LCH because “this organization is a great asset to this community. I have lived in this community for over 50 years and wanted to give back. Homelessness is all around us and it needs to be brought to the forefront. Having a home creates stability in community members’ lives, it is the first step to a better life. Anyone can end up homeless, and one small gesture can make a difference in someone’s life and help them back on the road to having a stable living situation.”
Working with LCH has given Sue some insight on her own privilege. “Some people start life at a disadvantage … I am very grateful for all I have.”
Sue would like LCH to be sustainable for many years and continue helping folks in this community.
Outside of work, Sue spends her time with her family, and dogs, and enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking and reading.
Anne Renaud-Conway has a long history of involvement with LCH, having served in the past as a board member and as a core volunteer.
Anne has this to say about her involvement with LCH:
“LCH is a mission driven organization which is reflected daily in the support that is offered to those struggling with homelessness…support that goes beyond a bed and a meal. LCH fulfills its commitment to provide their services with dignity and kindness. I am passionate about helping others and being involved in my community. Being part of this organization gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, as well as t0 make a difference in my own life and acquire some wonderful friendships.”
While being involved with LCH, Anne has learned that “Everyone has struggles in their lives…some more impacted than others. Being a part of this organization, I have come to realize that, whether it is visibly evident or not, people want to do better, be better, live better. As a volunteer, I have had the benefit of personal growth as well as witnessing the growth and change in others. Being a native of Lamoille County, I am saddened by the disparity in our population but, at the same time, I am proud to be a member of this community that not only cares about changing that dynamic but is actively working to make that change.”
Anne thinks “It would be wonderful if LCH was able to go beyond providing a roof for one night or for a season. I would like to see LCH develop a program/service that contributes to providing permanent housing.”
In addition to volunteering in our community, Anne is passionate about her faith, family, elephants, gardening and the beach. Her life philosophies are: “You can’t always get what you want…but, if you try sometimes, you just might find that you get what you need.” (Rolling Stones) and “Life gets pretty precious when there is less of it to waste.” (Bonnie Raitt)
Meet LCH board member, Tese Hartigan Ziminsky!
Tese has been involved with LCH for a couple of years now, starting out as a shelter core volunteer. She now serves on our Board of Directors.
For Tese, being involved with LCH is “as simple as neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone deserves shelter and turning a blind eye to the need in our community is negligent.”
Being part of this organization has taught Tese that “there is much more good in the world than bad. Working together to better the lives of fellow community members is both humbling and energizing.”
Tese shares LCH’s vision of a year-round shelter and she knows it’s an important piece of our future in order for “folks to receive shelter and services to regain control of their lives.”
Tese enjoys indoor and outdoor gardening, walking with her dogs, biking with her family and social justice pursuits. We’re very proud to have this experienced past volunteer on our Board of Directors!
“Seeing Vermont’s response to Covid-19 has taught me that when resources and services are equitably distributed, we are able to feed and house everyone in our community. With support for the work being done at organizations like Lamoille Community House, I think that this could be a turning point for preventing and solving houselessness in Vermont. “
Meet Liam Crannell, LCH Shelter and Outreach Staff
Liam is a student at Sterling College about to finish his bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
He is driven to work for LCH because “people experiencing houselessness are not just statistics, they are our neighbors and community members. Regardless of anyone’s background or experiences, they deserve support and respect. To uplift one another and form solidarity within our communities is what it means to be human. “
Liam works directly with guests, organizing meals and wellness checks, referring guests to services, and making sure they have basic needs such as clothing and toiletries. Most importantly, he provides a supportive and positive presence at the shelter and hotels!
He would love to see Lamoille Community House open a year-round shelter “to provide community members with the long-term support that is often needed to secure stable housing.” Someday, he hopes to start a garden at the shelter to grow food with and for shelter guests.
Liam always steps in to help when we need him. Outside of work, he enjoys growing food (he has a particular passion for raising ducks and cheesemaking) and cooking for loved ones. We’re so glad that he’s part of the LCH team!
Meet Kym Rowell, LCH Housing Navigator
“I was driven to join LCH because helping to end homelessness is an important issue to me, it is close to my heart. I’ve worked previously for three years at another homeless shelter as well.”
As housing navigator Kym works with our shelter guests to help them identify goals on their path to stable housing. She assists guests in apartment searches, housing applications, and creates positive connections with local landlords.
“This work is humbling and I am honored to be a part of such important work alongside many people that are also passionate about this issue. The management team leads by example and teaches compassion, professionalism and grit- all things I admire and appreciate in an organization.”
Outside of work, Kym’s hobbies include reading, meditation, yoga, baking, hiking, running, and writing.
We are so grateful to have Kym as part of our team. Thank you, Kym, for the expertise you bring to our organization!