• "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

  • "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 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

  • “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 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 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 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 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

  • "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

  • "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 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

  • "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

  • "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

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Appoints New Principal

Westminster, Vermont—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is pleased to announce the appointment of Noah D. Noyes, M. Ed to the position of school principal. 

Following an extensive search process involving a committee of highly-respected faculty, staff, and administrators; Mr. Noyes, a native of Hyde Park, Vermont, emerged as the outstanding choice to lead Kurn Hattin's academic department. His tenure became effective July 1, 2015.

Kurn Hattin Homes Development Director Kim Fine Recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive

Westminster, Vermont--Kim Fine, Director of Development and Public Relations at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont, has been recertified by CFRE International as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Fine joins over 5,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Welcomes New Board Members

WESTMINSTER, VT. — Kurn Hattin Homes for Children recently welcomed two new members to its Board.

Phil Perlah is a Member, Development Review Board, Town of Chester, Vermont; Board Member and Treasurer, Parks Place Community Center; and Member, Audit Committee, The Core Group Inc. He is employed part time by the Himalayan Cataract Project in their Finance Department. He has served as Finance Director of Amref Health Africa (USA), a $10 million NGO until 2014. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer and Counsel at The Seiden Group, an advertising agency that had $50 million in gross billings. Phil has served as counsel at Sara Lee Branded Apparel (now HanesBrands International); Chesebrough-Pond’s (now part of Unilever); and IBM. He has also practiced law in his own firm. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Brooklyn College. Phil lives in Chester, Vermont with his wife Lois.

Media Release: Kurn Hattin Historical Exhibit Opens at Vermont History Museum April 11

The Vermont Historical Society celebrates the Month of the Young Child with a showing of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's historical exhibit, entitled A Legacy of Caring: Adapting to the Changing Needs of Children and Families. The exhibit, which tracks the historical evolution of one of Vermont's longest-standing child and family service agencies, will be on display at the Vermont History Museum, 109 State Street, Montpelier from April 11 through October, 2015.

Kurn Hattin Homes Hosts Annual Jazz Invitational

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children welcomes the public to attend its Annual Jazz Invitational on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 pm, with performances by the Bellows Falls Union High School Jazz Ensemble, The Putney School Jazz Ensemble Vermont Academy Jazz Ensemble, and the Kurn Hattin Jazz Ensemble.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Sanderson Announces Plans to Retire

Connie Sanderson, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Executive Director, has announced her plans to retire after nearly three decades of service to the 120-year-old non-profit children’s services agency. Sanderson intends to step down from her current position later this year. She will assist in the transition to a new Executive Director and remain on staff until a new leader is in place, after which time she will continue to serve Kurn Hattin as a key fundraiser on a part-time basis.

Youth Choruses Gather for Kurn Hattin Choral Invitational and Food Shelf Benefit, March 18, 7PM

WESTMINSTER, VT | Kurn Hattin Homes for Children invites the public to attend its 23rd Annual Choral Invitational on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00pm. This event is open to the public and serves as a food/fundraiser for Our Place food shelf in Bellows Falls, as well as a celebration of "Music in our Schools Month."

Kurn Hattin Choir Gets Encore on WGBY-TV's Choral Competition Series, Together in Song; Season Premiere Airs Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm

WESTMINSTER, VT—For the third year in a row, the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir has earned a spot on the public television series “Together in Song,” produced and aired by PBS member station WGBY. Kurn Hattin's performance will air during the season premiere Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm. The children are defending the top spot in the "Children's Gospel" category, which they have held for the past two years.

Fontaine Steps in as Acting Kurn Hattin Principal

Veteran Kurn Hattin teacher Tom Fontaine has taken over as Acting Principal  of the school at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Fontaine stepped in to fill the position following the passing of former Principal and long-time Kurn Hattin educator, Tom Fahner, who lost an extended battle with cancer in January.

Fontaine, who has headed the science department and farm science program at Kurn Hattin since 1999, says he is pleased at the opportunity to help. "We're a fairly small organization, and we need to wear many hats. The important thing is maintaining as much continuity and stability for the children as possible."