Kurn Hattin News
Statement About Alleged Abuse
July 3, 2020
Late Thursday afternoon, we received a call from the Reformer informing us of abuse allegations stemming from the 1960s, and‘70s. It was the first time we had heard specifics about allegations from these years, and we were given no time to respond. That was in no way indicative of us having nothing to say. We take these allegations extremely seriously. We have served children at the Kurn Hattin Homes for more than 125 years. It is our mission to provide a safe and supportive haven for children with troubled lives. The thought that any of our children who came to us for refuge suffered abuse while in our care is both horrific and heartbreaking. Even though much of the alleged abuse happened over 40 years ago, no matter when they come forward, survivors should be commended for their courage for doing so. And just like any child in our care, they deserve our support and to be heard. If any child suffered at the hands of someone at the Homes, I am profoundly sorry.
Kurn Hattin Homes Takes Graduation On The Road
June 17, 2020
How do we make this graduation really special for our students during this unprecedented time the Kurn Hattin Homes staff asked themselves. We miss the students and the students miss the staff and their friends. We came up with a unique plan to celebrate each graduate individually with a personalized ceremony to take to their homes throughout Vermont and New Hampshire—all while abiding by the current safety protocols.
Kurn Hattin Homes Once Again earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
June 2, 2020
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, for the second consecutive year.
“Only 32% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 2 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that New England Kurn Hattin Homes outperforms most other charities in America. 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.
Burlington, Vermont Rector Initiates Charitable Effort Spanning Six States
May 18, 2020
Father Lance Harlow, Rector of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington, created the St. Nicholas Project after many years of being involved with Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, VT, a charitable, year-round, residential home and school for children, ages 5-15, from throughout the northeast.
Kurn Hattin Student named Vermont American Legion Essay Champion
May 8, 2020
Deeanna Nicol, Class of 2020 at New England Kurn Hattin Homes, was named as this year’s Americanism Essay Champion for grades 7-8 by the Pierce-Lawton Unit 37 Vermont State American Legion Auxiliary.
This national Americanism Essay Contest, open to students in grades 3-12 and sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship. The title of this year’s contest was “How can we address the health and well-being of our veterans, the military, and their families?” Thirteen students from Kurn Hattin submitted essays in the statewide contest this year, and this is the second consecutive year that a Kurn Hattin student’s essay has been selected as state champion.
Trail Work at Kurn Hattin
May 7, 2020
Kurn Hattin staff taking this opportunity to spruce up the campus trails and outdoor classrooms for when our students return.
Kurn Hattin Homes’ Staff Refresh Campus in Anticipation of the Children’s Return
April 16, 2020
Kurn Hattin staff have been busy refreshing the campus in anticipation of the children’s return when it is safe to do so. Residential Services staff created an organization plan for several buildings and the storage spaces to give them "new life" by being cleaned up, given a fresh coat of paint, and an inventory done of supplies. The camping and fishing equipment rooms are in great shape for the children’s summer activities. A room has been designated for all the holiday items and a new space has been created for the Monarchs Dance Ensemble to rehearse and store their items. The daunting task of inventorying and re-organizing the clothes locker is underway.
Kurn Hattin Students and Staff Staying Connected
March 25, 2020
Kurn Hattin students may not be on campus due to Covid-19, but keeping in touch, lessons and learning continues. Staff members from several departments including residential, admissions, school, counseling, and family outreach, have been staying in close communication with the children and their families, reaching out to them on a weekly basis to check in, offer any needed support and making sure they know that though even though we may be physically apart for the time being, we are here for them.
Captain Richard Phillips Fundraising Event at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children- Rescheduled
March 18, 2020
The May 1st Kurn Hattin Fundraising Event to support technology upgrades and the new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lab, featuring Captain Richard Phillips, has been postponed until October 2nd. Captain Phillips was the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who attacked and boarded his ship. The event was later made into a motion picture by Columbia Pictures starring Tom Hanks.