Project Independence

Sharing Your Care

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Winter 2012 Newsletter

This Week's Quote

"Just living is not enough.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

~Hans Christian Anderson

Our Mission...

•        To ensure that elderly and
         disabled folks can choose to
         remain in their own homes
         while they utilize our

•        To provide adults an
         opportunity to get out of the
         house and receive both
         mental and social

•        To give caregivers a much-
         needed break in which to
         attend to personal needs, or
         simply rest and relax.

Caregivers Support Group

All caregivers are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Support and advocacy are provided to those who have the difficult task of caring for their loved ones. 

The support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month
4:30 to 6:30 PM
at Project Independence

Project Independence Staff will provide respite care if it is necessary to bring your loved one.

For more information, contact:
Julie Drauszewski, R.N. at 802-476-3630

Make A Donation

Use the Donate button below to make an online monetary donation.  This is an excellent way to donate in honor or in memory of a loved one.


When cleaning out your attic, basement or garage, please look over our "Wish List" to see if you have any items you could donate to us. 

Our Wish List

We always need volunteers to help, whether on-site helping our participants, helping with fundraising events, or serving on our Board of Directors.


Please consider making a bequeath in your will or from your estate to Project Independence. 



GMTA and Project Independence are seeking volunteer drivers.  If you are interested, please contact

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Adult Day Health Services

Project Independence of Barre, Vermont, has been providing Adult Day Health Services to the Greater Central Vermont area since 1975!

Lucky Raffle Winner 2014

Raffle winner 2014Dee Rollins, Executive Director (right) and Barb Clark presenting a check for $2,014.00 to Tom Brock, winner of this year's Project Independence's Lucky Raffle Night. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fun filled event which raised over $8,500.00 for Project Independence. The money raised through this annual event is invaluable to Project Independence and our Mission to ensure that elderly and disabled folks can choose to remain in their homes while utilizing our services. We provide a safe, comfortable environment where Participants receive mental & social stimulation, delicious healthy home cooked meals and health care assistance/monitoring by our nurses, which also allows caregivers time for themselves.

Mark your calendar now for our next Lucky Raffle Night in 2015. The date is Friday, March 13, 2015 and it will be held at the Barre Elk's Club.


Project Independence Creative Crafters

 knittingAre you interested in crafts and/or raising money for a worthy cause, while having some fun?

After taking a couple of years off, PI is starting up the Creative Crafters group, once again, to prepare for a Holiday Bazaar fundraiser to be held in the fall of 2014. Our first planning meeting is Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

At this meeting, we'll discuss what time is best to get together and work on projects, what we want to focus on making, and planning for the bazaar. In the past, the group met every Wednesday afternoon from 1pm – 3pm.

We plan to meet weekly to work on projects until we take a summer break in June. We'll then let everyone enjoy the summer and start up again in early September.

Want to help but you're not interested in coming to the work sessions? PI is always open to support of any kind. Some crafters prefer to work at home on their own and of course we graciously accept cash and/or donations of materials.

If you or someone you know is interested please call Sue or Barb at PI (802-476-3630) and let us know so we have an idea of how many crafters to expect.


A note from Steve Koenemann
President, Board of Directors

Why I Volunteer at PI

I have been a volunteer at Project Independence for a decade or more.  Almost all of that time has been as a member of the PI Board of Directors and for the last 7 years or so I have had the wonderful opportunity to serve as PI's Board President, an honor that I consider lucky to have.  Since I work during the day, stepping in once a month for a few hour meeting works right into my busy schedule.  I actually do spend a bit more time than that preparing for the Board meetings, looking over the monthly financial and other reports prepared by Dee and her staff and conversing, via email and phone, with Dee and other Board members throughout the month.

That all tells you how I volunteer my time at PI, but it does not tell you why.  I'd like to tell you that they pay me a lot of money, but then I would not be a volunteer, so that is not it...  I'd like to tell you that it is the Nursing staff at PI, but even though their treatments, showers and therapies are desperately needed by some, that is not it either...  I'd like to tell you that it is the great food that Pam prepares every day for PI's participants, but in spite of the truly excellent food, I don't volunteer just to expand my waistline, though that would be easy...  I'd like to tell you that I go to enjoy all the music and the fun activities that happen there every day, but the truth is that I don't get to participate in them all that very often.  The real reason that I choose to volunteer at PI is actually quite selfish on my part...  I simply do it to make me feel good.  When I can take the time to visit PI during the day, I see an incredibly hard working group of people that literally give their hearts and souls to the people that come to PI as participants.  It warms my heart greatly to know that PI is “Sharing Your Care” by making sure that those folks are safe, having fun and receiving the best care possible.  Perhaps just as important, that their time spent at PI may also mean a moment of respite or a taste of “normal” life for their caregivers and families. I contribute what time I can to help ensure that PI remains a safe and fiscally sound haven for the people and the community that it serves so that miracles can *continue* to happen there every single day.