• "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 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 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 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

  • "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

  • "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’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’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

  • "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

  • “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

  • “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

  • "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 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.”

Kurn Hattin Homes Leadership Restructuring for Growth & Development 

June 11, 2019

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is planning for its future with leadership restructuring. To begin, Admissions Director Sue Kessler, M.Ed will take on the role of Assistant Executive Director beginning July 1. She will be overseeing direct student services which include the School, Residential Life, Counseling, Nursing, Food Services, Volunteers, and Admissions. Executive Director, Steve Harrison will continue to oversee organizational services–those that operate to support the overall organization, the operations of the campus, and the financial aspects of the Homes.  

Alumni and Guests Help Kurn Hattin Celebrate its 125th Anniversary

May 24, 2019

Over 200 guests and alumni, from the classes of 1942 to 2013, arrived at Kurn Hattin Homes on May 18th to celebrate its 125th anniversary.  

The day-long event began with a welcome to all guests by Executive Director Steve Harrison. Harrison spoke of Perseverance, Nurturance, Hope, Compassion, and a Sense of Worth—The core values that continue to guide the mission of Kurn Hattin. Harrison next introduced special guest Leslie Ann Dickinson, the great, great granddaughter of Reverend Charles Albert Dickinson, the founder of Kurn Hattin Homes. Leslie reflected on the work of Reverend Dickinson and read a letter written to friends requesting their financial help in supporting Kurn Hattin Homes and an April Fools poem Charles wrote at age 21.  

Volunteers Recognized For Generosity and Dedication

May 21, 2019

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children held its Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on May 15th to honor and thank the over 100 volunteers, including our staff, Trustees, and Incorporators, who dedicate their time, talents and energy to help care for the children.Tom Oxholm, Director of Institutional Advancement, who coordinated the lunch this year, thanked the volunteers in attendance.“Volunteers play a critical role in every aspect of Kurn Hattin,” he remarked.“We wouldn’t be the community we are without them.” 

Brattleboro Reformer: Kurn Hattin celebrates 125 years

May 13, 2019

By Susan Smallheer, Brattleboro Reformer

Lyssa Jackson was 8 years old when she heard about Kurn Hattin Homes and started her personal campaign to come to the private Westminster school for kids from troubled families.

Jackson, who spent four years at Kurn Hattin, graduating in 2008, was a determined young girl seeking a solution to her troubled family life in Rochester, N.H. 

Nine Kurn Hattin Homes’ Staff Honored with Years of Service Awards

April 24, 2019

It takes a village to transform the lives the children and this year nine staff members were recognized for their dedication, hard work, and many years of service. Steve Harrison, Executive Director of Kurn Hattin Homes honored these individuals with Service Awards during the April 24th, All Staff Meeting.

1942 Farmall Model H Restored

April 17, 2019

An abandoned 1942 Farmall Model H tractor, originally used at Kurn Hattin Homes and repurchased, has been lovingly restored. A ten-year project led by Real Bazin, Director of Farm & Fleet, and assisted by the KHH maintenance department and local resident Gary Cobb, sits proudly on the front lawn of Kurn Hattin’s Mathey Center. Real reflected, "It was great that we were able to find it and bring it home.” Look for the tractor in the 4th of July Saxtons River parade.

Key Bank Hosts Kurn Hattin Historical Exhibit 

An exhibit commemorating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is on display at Key Bank on Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The 11-panel exhibit, A Legacy of Caring: Adapting to the changing needs of children and families, featuring a curated selection of photos and documents from Kurn Hattin Homes’ archives, dating from the late 1800s through the present is being displayed throughout the region with its first stop at the Brattleboro Key Bank. The exhibit tells the story of Kurn Hattin’s founding and development within the context of major events in Vermont and U.S. history, as well as the significant trends in the fields of child care, education, and social services since the turn of the 19th century that have helped to shape the organization’s philosophy and approach.

It's Sugar Season at Kurn Hattin

The cold temps caused Kurn Hattin Homes to get a late start in maple sugaring this year. All students help in the sugaring process. Pictured are farm managers Real Bazin and Conor Fitzgerald with some of our youngest helpers. End result? An appreciation of where real food comes from, and pancakes with syrup they helped make!