• “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’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 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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 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 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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

Kurn Hattin Homes' COVID-19 Response

Greetings to the Kurn Hattin Homes Family, 

In times of difficulty, the Kurn Hattin community truly shows our nature of being a family and pulling together. The seriousness of the spread of COVID19 virus requires us to make some difficult decisions to protect the safety and well-being of our children, their families, and our staff and volunteers. While this global outbreak continues to evolve and impacts us now, and likely well into the future, the uncertainty gives us pause and forces us to consider options that would normally not be considered. We, as a caring family community, must act together and continue to be proactive in the defense of everyone in this community to keep us all safe. 

With all of this in mind, we have made the following decisions for this year at this time: 

  1. Regarding future externally-oriented meetings and trips (going off-campus or bringing people onto campus), we will cancel or postpone all such activities occurring until Spring Break. On the 15th of each month, cancellation decisions will be made for the following month depending upon the situation. While Kurn Hattin loves its volunteers and appreciates the work done by them, we ask that all regular or daily volunteers please refrain from coming to campus until further notice, both for your safety and that of the children and staff.  
  2. Starting today, Kurn Hattin strongly discourages children from going home for visits. As of Monday, 3/16/20, until Spring Break, all children on campus will remain fully on campus with no back-and-forth travel option to home or other housing arrangements. If Kurn Hattin or a family decides that a child should go home for some reason, that child will need to remain home at least until the end of Spring Break. Additionally, family members and other guests may no longer visit campus and/or join children for meals or other visits. Day students will continue with their normal daily routines. 
  3. A decision regarding going home for Spring Break and/or returning to campus from Break will be made as soon as possible as the COVID19 situation evolves. Please note: Any decision to close Kurn Hattin will require that all children return to their homes or other housing arrangements and remain there. A decision regarding whether the summer program will be in session will also be made as soon as possible. 
  4. As a general rule, staff who would normally be working during a certain period of time will continue to be paid for those responsibilities regardless of their ability to do their jobs (e.g. no children being present). Alternative responsibilities may be required of such staff if their normal duties cannot be done. 

We will continue to re-visit these determinations, and revisions may be made as needs require. The Kurn Hattin community is deeply valued and loved by us all. We would never want to take any action that harms this community, and while I know that the decisions we have made above may not be well received by some, I also know that not enacting these decisions could endanger our students, families, staff, and volunteers. These are unprecedented times, and in times of difficulty like these, the Kurn Hattin community truly shows our nature of pulling together for the good of all. 

In the service of children, 


Stephen B. Harrison,
Executive Director 

Cancelled events at present: 

March 19 - Select Choir to the recording studio in South Burlington, VT – 10:00AM-4:00PM 
April 3 - Spring Get Acquainted Day, 10:00AM-Noon 
April 8 - Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational, 7:00PM – Higbie Auditorium