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Late community member leaves large gift for homeless services agency

Sep 22 2022, 2:37 PM

Burlington, VT. – ANEW Place Inc. learned last week that they are one of eight recipients of a large gift from the late Ellen Ruth Everitz. The head of her trust, Tom Torti, notified the agency that the deceased wished to gift the Burlington Emergency Shelter, the former name of the agency over $50,000. ANEW Place has tripled locations since 2019 thus tripling their budget. Taking on the low barrier emergency shelter located at the Champlain Inn has become a major investment, costing almost $1 million to run. Their Director of Development, Erin Regan, said “I was blown away by the generosity of the late donor since she had never given to our organization before now. With such an increase in operating costs, such a large gift is a Godsend.”

He said, “We are humbled by the generosity of Ms. Everitz and her want to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We look forward to stewarding her investment.”

ANEW Place is a homeless services nonprofit organization that oversees a low barrier facility, sober shelter and supportive housing program in Burlington, VT. Our mission is to provide a holistic continuum of services for the homeless, centered in love and dignity, that fosters growth and cultivates community engagement so that each person may start ANEW. Beyond a temporary place to stay, program participants attain a positive and supportive community, addiction recovery assistance including a sober living environment, mental health support, personal finance training, and aid in finding long-term housing. Our goal is not to create more shelter beds, but to equip more people with the tools for lifelong change.

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