• "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 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 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

  • "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 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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • “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 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

  • “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 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 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

Fundraising, Music, and Sports Fill Weekend at Kurn Hattin Homes

It was a very active weekend for the children at Kurn Hattin Homes.

On Saturday, February 3rd , a group of Kurn Hattin eighth-grade students sold home-made baked goods at the Hartford, VT rest area on I-91 South. The 8th graders raised over $200 which will go toward funding their class trip in March. We are very proud of the students’ hard work and dedicated fundraising efforts.

Kurn Hattin Welcomes Inspirational Guest

Exploration of diversity continued on January 29th at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children with Mr. Jack Pratt sharing his experience working with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He explained how Dr. King was called to action in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955 to lead the Civil Rights Movement, and then answered the children’s questions about segregation, boycotts, and race-relations in the southern states.

Diversity Celebrated at Kurn Hattin Homes

The children and staff at Kurn Hattin Homes are celebrating Diversity Month. The month is filled with opportunities to learn about world cultures, and to acknowledge the personal experiences of people from backgrounds different from one’s own. “Due to the diversity of the children at Kurn Hattin Homes, we are pleased to affirm our dedication to the exploration of identity and the celebration of difference.” said Sue Kessler, Director of Admissions.

Burlington Priest Recognized for Dedication to Kurn Hattin Homes

The Charles Albert Dickinson Award, established in 2013, is given annually in recognition of an organization or individual whose philanthropic commitment embodies the mission of New England Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Named for its founder, The Reverend Charles Albert Dickinson, this award recognizes those who make a significant contribution to the field of child welfare and assistance in an effort to transform the lives of children and families forever. A beautiful cast crystal relief sculpture honoring the award recipient features an image of Reverend Dickinson. The sculpture was designed and created by Vermont artist, Robert DuGrenier.

Kurn Hattin Students Soar to New Heights

Can you imagine flying a plane over your school as an introduction to a science lesson? It would be the experience of a lifetime. It certainly was for the seventeen children from the Kurn Hattin Homes’ seventh and eighth grade classes. At the Springfield-Hartness Airport, flight leader Jennifer Jacob and three other pilots instructed the students on preflight requirements and the instruments that make planes fly. Then up into the air they flew with the option to fly the plane themselves! As eighth grader Korbin McDougall-Jones said after the flight, “That was officially the best field trip ever.”

Moving Veterans’ Day Observance Held at Kurn Hattin Homes

Local veterans and other friends joined the Kurn Hattin Homes children and staff for the 22nd Annual Veterans' Day Observance on November 10th. The annual event featured a program of commentary and music to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their gift of service.

Kurn Hattin Adds New Staff Member to Administrative Team

Tom Oxholm, Director of Institutional Advancement, has recently joined the staff at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Before joining Kurn Hattin, Oxholm worked at the Keewaydin Foundation in Salisbury, Vermont, and Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. He also worked at schools in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

Kurn Hattin Children Raise Funds for Harvey Victims

After hearing that the Hull- Daisetta Independent School District in Texas had been flooded by Hurricane Harvey, the Kurn Hattin middle schoolers knew that they had to do something to help the children there. It has been a difficult time at the Hull-Daisetta ISD because of flooding. The elementary students are attending school in a temporary location until cleanup and rebuilding can be completed.

Fahner Athletic Fields Dedication

Early morning on September 16th, the children, staff, family members, and friends of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children gathered down at the athletic field by the farm silos. They were there to celebrate the life and work of the late Thomas Fahner. Mr. Fahner contributed much to the Homes. He served as Principal and Co-Executive Director during his tenure and impacted the lives of countless children. For his dedication to children, the athletic fields at Kurn Hattin were named in his memory. A large rock with a bronzed plate sits at the top of the hill where Mr. Fahner typically stood during sports and other activities on the fields. The inscription reads: