Charitable Giving: How Do I Decide?


Even if you don’t have billions of dollars to donate, you can still make a difference. We as a society tend to give because we feel altruistic. We have a want or need to help others. But, we might not have the budget to give what we feel would help, or we are unsure of where to begin.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children supports all charitable giving; we are in the business! We want to help you find a way to donate that supports your budget, goals, and altruistic needs. So what should you think about before donating to charity?


A Night Out!

October 7, 2016

Last Friday Hubbard cottage invited Warner cottage over for popcorn movie night. The older girls did not seem too enthused when they walked through the door, as they had hopes of going to the gym for some coed basketball time.

     The Warner girls put their shoes in the front hall and walked around the corner to find the toy room open, with the Hubbard girls clomping around in high heels, draped in shawls and dress up clothes! Wow!

 From that moment on, the background noise and atmosphere in the cottage was giggly, imaginative story telling, acting, posing, hair styling, and pampering, topped with good old fashion fun!

Three of the Warner girls immediately pawed through the bin looking for dresses, tried on some high heels and even found some costume jewelry to make their outfits complete.

        Three other Warner girls instinctively went straight for hair styling, teaching braiding and sock bun techniques to each other, and the house parents. Two other Warner girls, found some large styling mannequin heads to practice on.

     Concluding the gathering with the lights dimmed, voices quieted, popcorn distributed and apple juice poured, all enjoyed the ever popular movie “Holes”.

Suzanne Peltier, Houseparent, Hubbard Cottage

Kurn Hattin's Core Values

"Each of us has a story," says Madison, a member of Kurn Hattin's Class of 2015.  

Twenty-six eighth graders graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children this year, the largest graduating class in Kurn Hattin's 120-year history. 

That's 26 stories. 

Kurn Hattin Volunteers Help Children Rise to the Challenge

“We rise by lifting others.”

~ Robert Ingersol

They come to read books to the children, help with academics, lend a hand in the horsemanship and music programs, share their knowledge about farming and maple sugaring, chaperone choir and band field trips, attend sports events, and offer friendship and support to the children.

Kurn Hattin 6th-grader Makes an International Connection

Gwen, a current Kurn Hattin 6th grader, entered a recent drawing and was the lucky recipient of "Palomita," a handmade doll from Peru with a very special story to tell.

In Gratitude

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

~ Melody Beattie


Remembering Pat Kelsey

Kurn Hattin 23rd Annual Conference October 24, 2014

What about the Kids? Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in Families

Featuring Karen Gould, LICSW and Dianna Christmas, MPH of the Institute of Health and Recovery in Cambridge, MA

Register Here

Graduates of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Return to Westminster for Alumni Centennial Weekend

Without a doubt, the best moments of my childhood are here. When I think back on it now, they were planting seeds, and when you plant a seed and nurture it properly, it grows.
~Andrew Berends (Kurn Hattin, Class of 1972)

The Elisha W. Culver Alumni Weekend (named for Kurn Hattin's first Alumni Association President, a member of the Class of 1912) was held August 1-3 and celebrated two momentous occasions—the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Association's formation and the 120th anniversary of Kurn Hattin's founding.

Kurn Hattin Class of 2014: Thinking Back and Looking Forward

I am told that you can't repeat your childhood. This statement may be true for some, but not for me. I know now that you can return just by closing your eyes and allowing your mind to open the doors of the past. And as long as I am able to do so, I shall always return to my days as a youngster full of life, and to those years that I spent at Kurn Hattin. I shall always keep with me all that I learned and will cherish the fondest memories. And I shall always remember that Kurn Hattin was not an institution, but a home to be cherished, loved, and remembered. 
~Jerry Bardwell, Class of '73

With graduation time upon us again, everyone at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is filled with a mixture of emotions... Many of those graduating from this Vermont residential school for at-risk children have had their lives transformed, forever. 

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