• “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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • “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 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 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

  • "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 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

Kurn Hattin Homes Welcomes New Trustee and Incorporators at Annual Meeting

October 4, 2019

On October 2nd, New England Kurn Hattin Homes held its Annual Meeting of Trustees and Incorporators. The Board re-elected nine Incorporators for terms of three years; Michael Blau (Hudson, NH), Mark Bodin (Chester, VT), Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), James Lynch (Walpole, NH), Bruce Martin (Walpole, NH), Rhonda Nolan (Danbury, CT), William Scarlett IV (Saxtons River, VT), Sheldon Scott (Bellows Falls, VT), and Greg Worden (Brattleboro, VT). 

Jerry Bardwell (Middleboro, MA), Mark Bodin (Chester, VT), Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), Bruce Martin (Walpole, NH) and Greg Worden (Brattleboro, VT) were re-elected as Trustees for a term of three years.

The Board elected seven new Incorporators for a term of three years: Cheryl Gay-Sherwin (North Walpole, NH), Stephen Peterson (North Haven, CT), Kelley Cota Tully (Bellows Falls, VT), Eric Velto (Bartonsville, VT), Cliff Wood (Putney, VT), Wylene Wood (Putney, VT), and John Zimmerman (Cape Porpoise, ME). Eric Velto was also elected to fill a Trustee vacancy for a term of three years.

Re-elected as officers and members of the Executive Committee for a term of one year were: President, Mark Bodin (Chester, VT), Vice President, Christopher Hackett (Westminster, VT), 2nd Vice President, James Lynch (Walpole, NH), Treasurer, Janet Wilson (Walpole, NH), and Secretary, Diane Bazin (Westminster, VT). Non-Officers Jerry Bardwell (Middleboro, MA) and Sheldon Scott (Bellows Falls, VT) were both re-elected as Members At Large.

President Mark Bodin gave the President’s Message highlighting the importance of meeting the needs and expectations of the children and families served. Executive Director’s remarks about the organization’s125 years of service were given by Stephen Harrison and Financial Manager Steve Fitch presented the financial report. Director of Residential Services, Nancy Richardson, shared a “Day in Residential Life” video which highlighted the children’s life from waking up to turning in at night. School Principle Sergio Simunovic spoke about accomplishments at the school, such as achieving a 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio in grades 2-8, installing interactive SMART boards in all the classrooms, and a new Literacy program. Keri Newton, Dean of Students, discussed how implanting PBiS (Positive Behavioral interventions and Supports) at the School and Residential Services has resulted in some dramatic positive changes in student behavior.

A musical performance by the Kurn Hattin Children's Choir, a social hour and dinner were also the highlights of the annual event.

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New Kurn Hattin Homes’ Trustee and Incorporators stand together after the Annual Meeting on October 2nd.  Pictured from left to right are Eric Velto, Cliff Wood, Wylene Wood, and Stephen Peterson.  Missing from photo are Cheryl Gay-Sherwin, Kelly Cota Tully, and John Zimmerman.