• "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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 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

  • "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 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’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 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’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

  • "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 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

On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

#GivingTuesday is a national social media fundraising event on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Dec. 1) All donations raised during that 24-hour period will benefit Kurn Hattin’s Music Program. Starting at midnight on December 1st, instructional videos made by our students will be posted on Twitter, Facebook, and in emails throughout the day.

Press Release from People's United Community Foundation

People's United Community Foundation Awards $5,000 to New England Kurn Hattin Homes in Vermont

BURLINGTON, VT – The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $5,000 to New England Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont.

Since 1894, Kurn Hattin has helped thousands of at-risk children grow up to lead productive and purposeful adult lives by providing a safe home and quality education in a nurturing environment. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support its residential home and school, designed to educate and heal young people from families affected by social or economic dysfunction.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Appoints New Executive Director

Westminster, Vermont—Following an extensive nationwide search, the Board of Directors of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has named veteran educational administrator and nonprofit leader Stephen Harrison as the organization's new Executive Director, following the retirement of Connie Sanderson. 

Kurn Hattin's Professional Development Conference, "So Sexy So Soon? So Tough So Soon?" With Dr. Diane Levin to be held in Westminster, VT on October 23.

Westminster, Vermont—Kurn Hattin Homes For Children presents its 24th Professional Development Conference, So Sexy So Soon? So Tough So Soon? How Contemporary Society Impacts Attachment Relationships And What We Can Do About It with professor and author Diane E. Levin PhD on the Kurn Hattin campus in Westminster, VT on Friday, October 23, 2015. The daylong conference, from 8:45AM-3:30PM, includes Dr. Levin's presentations and lunch.

New Rite Aid Incentive Program Means More Dollars to Kurn Hattin-But you must act now!

The Rite Aid Foundation has a new (short term) incentive program running from October 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016.

The more new enrollees to Rite Aid's Wellness/KidCents Program and who select NEW ENGLAND KURN HATTIN HOMES as their designated charity, the more funds come to Kurn Hattin. You do not need to make a purchase, though rounded up purchases will continue to go to your designated charity-NEW ENGLAND KURN HATTIN HOMES.

Kurn Hattin Children to Sing National Anthem at Red Sox Game, September 24

Westminster, Vermont—A group of lucky students from Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, members of the school's Select Choir, has been invited to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the September 24 Red Sox game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The game will be broacast on television and radio stations that generally carry Red Sox games at 7:10PM. Check local listings.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Earns Coveted Four-star Rating from Charity Navigator

Westminster, Vermont—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has been awarded the top-level 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the U.S. The rating is the highest rank an organization can receive in recognition of sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency. Only a quarter of the highest-performing charities listed by Charity Navigator hold the four-out-of-four star distinction.

24th Professional Development Conference with Diane E. Levin Ph.D. professor and author

Friday, October 23, 2015 
Kurn Hattin Homes For Children
708 Kurn Hattin Road, Westminster, VT

Diane E. Levin, Ph.D. is Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston, MA, where she has been training early childhood professionals for over 25 years. An internationally recognized expert, Levin helps parents and professionals understand and counteract the harmful effects of such societal forces as violence, war, media and commercial culture on children.

Kurn Hattin Homes Musicians Perform in Greater Springfield, MA

The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children musicians, finalists in WGBY’s Public Television series Together In Song, will give two free performances in Greater Springfield, MA.

Baystate Health D’Amour Center for Cancer Care
3360 Main Street, Springfield, MA
Friday, September 25 at 10:00AM
Note: Performance will take place in the main lobby area.

Eastern States Exposition (The Big E)
1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA
Friday, September 25 at 5:00PM
Note: Performance is free with paid admission to the Big E.