• "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • “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

  • "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

  • "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’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 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 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

  • “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

  • "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 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 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

  • "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 Homes' COVID-19 Response

Greetings to the Kurn Hattin Homes Staff, Faculty, Administrators, Children, and Families,

First of all, I think I can speak for our entire community in saying that we miss all of our children terribly and care for you immensely!  The outpouring of love, care, and attention for our children and our staff by our community has been extremely heart-warming.  We hope to bring everyone “Home” as soon as possible.

As of last evening, Thursday, March 26, 2020, Governor Scott declared that all Vermont Schools should extend closure for the remainder of the school year.  This announcement is troubling for us all.  We would all like to be back together and functioning daily at Kurn Hattin, and so Sue Kessler, Sergio Simunovic, Ellen Wood, and I met this morning to plan now for the next couple of months.  We are devising a couple of different scenarios that cover a few different threat levels, but for now we will adhere to the Governor’s edict and extend our closure of the Homes. If there is any possibility of returning to the Homes safely prior to the end of the school year, we will explore it with the State.  The first week of May we will review Kurn Hattin’s closure in light of the spread of the virus to determine year-end and summer plans.  

In the meantime, schools have been instructed by the Agency of Education to prepare educational materials for Continuity of Learning, which essentially means that teachers should attempt to replicate the classroom learning experience in at-home materials to the greatest degree possible.  We are grateful for our teachers who have already been doing this and will continue to do so.  Mr. Simunovic will address the faculty’s needs and questions in a separate communication, but children and families should be prepared to continue to receive, complete, and return to KHH all requested educational materials.

Kurn Hattin will continue its previous policy of paying staff who would normally be working regardless of their ability to do their jobs fully (e.g. no children being present).  Alternative responsibilities may be required of such staff if their normal duties cannot be done.

We thank everyone for your cooperation, your support, and your patience.  As we continue to navigate these uncertain times, rely on the certainty that Kurn Hattin Homes has cared for children for over 125 years, and our plan is to continue to care for children for another 125 years! Stay safe!

In the service of children, 


Stephen B. Harrison,
Executive Director 

Read March 19, 2020 Update

Read March 15, 2020 Update

Read March 13, 2020 Update