• "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

Community Members Enjoy Adopt-a-Cottage Time at Kurn Hattin

Each year, Kurn Hattin hosts an Adopt-A-Cottage night for the business, organization, and individual sponsors of the cottages where the children live on campus. The sponsorship provides for basic necessities of cottage life, such as new pillows, sheets, kitchen supplies, and other household items. This year, each cottage received really cool gift–air conditioners! To show appreciation to those who have “adopted” a cottage, a meal is held in the sponsors honor so that they can spend time with the children whom their gifts have directly benefitted.

Kurn Hattin Children to Participate in Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release 

August 28, 2019

On Saturday, September 7th the Kurn Hattin Choir will perform at the Wings of Hope 10thAnnual Butterfly Release to benefit Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. The event begins at 1:00pm in Coburn Park in Lebanon, NH. Following a short program of readings and songs performed by the Kurn Hattin Homes’ Choir everyone releases their butterflies to honor friends and family who have passed. It is a beautiful and powerful experience.  

Training Week Marks End of Summer/ Beginning of School at Kurn Hattin 

August 23, 2019

As summer comes to a close, Kurn Hattin staff prepare for the new school year. As with previous years teachers, houseparents, and other staff come together to participate in Training Week. Training Week is the only time when Kurn Hattin has no children on campus. The week long schedule begins at 8 a.m. and typically continues until 4:00 p.m.  The days are filled with presentations, discussions on safety measures and precautions, emergency drills, and training for counselors. Outside professional join the staff in discussions regarding the care and emotional healing of the children, using Restorative Practices methods.

Kurn Hattin Boys Track & Field Wins Small School State Championship at Vermont Rec & Parks State Meet

August 3, 2019

We am happy to share that our boys team won the Small School State Championship at Vermont Rec & Parks State Meet today at St. Johnsbury Academy. Please congratulate Jacob B, Jakobie, Ethan, Ryan, Logan, Cameron, and Matthew.

Children Learn and Play at Kurn Hattin’s Summer Recreational Program

July 23, 2019

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Summer Recreational Program kicked off this June with a host of activities and camps. There are a great variety of camps and activities such dance, track and field, yoga, cooking, field trips to nearby lakes, picking blueberries, swim lessons, and of-course camping. However, new to this year’s summer roster was the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. A STEM curriculum was recently introducedat the Kurn Hattin school, and thanks to Colleen Ross (Ms. Coco), Kurn Hattin’s new Summer Rec team member and houseparent, about 50 children, ages 5-15, were able to conduct hands-on STEM experiments as part of the Summer Rec Program.

EXCITING NEWS!

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has been named CHARITY OF THE WEEK in The WeekThe best of U.S. and international media– magazine (July 26, 2019 edition). 

Each charity which the magazine features has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating.

Kim Fine Joins NH/VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners Board

July 3, 2019

Kim Fine, Director of Development and Public Relations at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont has recently joined the Board of Directors at The New Hampshire & Vermont Council of Charitable Gift Planners. The NH/VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners offers training, support, and networking opportunities for professionals throughout the two states.

Kurn Hattin Homes Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

July 1, 2019

New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it the highest possible 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets New England Kurn Hattin Homes apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” stated Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction!”  

Kurn Hattin Celebrates 21 Graduates

June 12, 2019

On Saturday, June 8, 2019  twenty-one 8thgraders graduated from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in a joyous and emotional ceremony.  Graduation proceedings began with an opening welcome from Board President, Mark Bodin and an Invocation from houseparent Clint Plante.  Salutatorian Alex Lowe III, then spoke to the audience and his fellow graduating classmates asking them to “accept your mistakes instead of rejecting them, but NEVER let them define who you are.”