• "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

  • "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 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 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 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 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

  • “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’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 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

  • "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

  • "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’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

  • "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 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

  • "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

Charity Navigator Renews Kurn Hattins Homes' Four-star Rating

Westminster, VT– New England Kurn Hattin Homes was recently awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star rating is a result of Kurn Hattin Homes’ maintaining sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency in its efforts of transforming children and their families forever. This is Kurn Hattin Homes’ second consecutive year receiving the 4-star rating.

Media day at Kurn Hattin

BY JOEL SLUTSKY
The Shopper

Westminster - As the June graduation approaches for Kurn Hattin students, the anxiety level is on the rise. The eighth graders will be graduating on June 10 and many will be returning to their homes. The myriad of reasons why students came to the school, whether because of abuse, poverty, homelessness or a difficult home situation, is often heightened as the school season ends. But these graduates have been transformed by the school and are not the same people who first came here. These children are not just leaving any school but a school unlike anything they’ve seen before and in many cases that helped turn their lives around. “From now on I will only have one home; Kurn Hattin is my home,” said a graduate in a filmed presentation.

Kurn Hattin Homes Celebrates Volunteers

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children celebrated its 123 volunteers at the May 4, 2016 Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. School Principal Noah Noyes thanked the volunteers, “Kurn Hattin is so fortunate to have so many kind, generous, and dedicated volunteers. In addition to their commitment to deserving children, they are excellent role models of community service.

Kurn Hattin Homes Music Educator Lisa Bianconi Honored at Public Television Reception Showcasing American Graduate Champions

Lisa Bianconi, music educator at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, VT, and a Grammy Award nominee for her work in music education, was honored by Western New England Public Television station WGBY last week, as one of WGBY’s American Graduate Champions. Bianconi’s work with Kurn Hattin Homes for Children was profiled in a November, 2015 WGBY episode of “Connecting Point”. Connectingpoint.wgby.org/2015/11/american-graduate-kurn-hattin-homes-choir/

Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational to Feature Samirah Evans and Keene Jazz Orchestra on April 13

Westminster, VT – Kurn Hattin Homes For children welcomes the public to its Annual Jazz Invitational on Wednesday, April 13 at 7PM, at the Higbie Auditorium in the Mayo Memorial Center on the Kurn Hattin campus in Westminster, VT.

Savings Bank of Walpole Supports Kurn Hattin Homes’ Adopt-a-Cottage Program

Mark Bodin, Senior Vice President and CFO of The Savings Bank of Walpole in Walpole, New Hampshire recently presented a $1,000 check supporting Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Adopt-a-Cottage program to Kurn Hattin’s Executive Director Stephen Harrison.

Kurn Hattin Homes' Falana Lisa Bloch Receives Certified Fund Raising Executive Status

Falana Lisa Bloch, Assistant Director of Development at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster, Vermont, has been certified by CFRE International as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Bloch joins over 5,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation, including Kurn Hattin’s Director of Development and Public Relations Kim Fine and Major Gifts Director (former Executive Director) Connie Sanderson.

Kurn Hattin Children Share in the Holiday Spirit of Giving

WESTMINSTER, VT― It was another festive holiday season filled with the spirit of giving at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Tim Mollica of Christmas Trees of Vermont and his family donated eleven trees, hand-picked by the children. The children and staff put on their holiday sparkles and finery for the very special Annual Night of Giving dinner. In the months leading up to this event, the children in each cottage selected a Christmas giving project to help those in need.

John and Carol Hubbard Receive Kurn Hattin Homes’ Charles Albert Dickinson Award

On December 10th, John and Carol Hubbard of Walpole, New Hampshire, were the recipients of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Charles Albert Dickinson Award. The Charles Albert Dickinson Award, established in 2013, is given annually in recognition of an individual or organization whose philanthropic commitment embodies the mission of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Named for founder Charles Albert Dickinson, the award recognizes those who make a significant contribution to the field of child welfare, and help to transform the lives of children and families forever. The award, designed and created by Vermont artist, Robert DuGrenier, features a beautiful cast crystal relief image of Dickinson.