At Cathedral Square, we create homes, not just ‘housing.’
Founded in 1977, Cathedral Square is a national leader in affordable, service-enriched housing communities for older adults and people with special needs. We own or manage 25 affordable-housing communities in Vermont, provide technical assistance to other nonprofit housing providers, and administer our nationally recognized SASH® (Support and Services at Home) program statewide. For more than 40 years, we have doggedly pursued our mission to advance “healthy homes, caring communities and positive aging.”
At the heart of our mission and values is compassion for the least among us. We believe everyone has a right to decent, affordable housing and the supports they need to live out their days in health and security. Our caring staff treats everyone with kindness and respect, and makes them feel welcome and valued. At every level, we work collectively to ensure that each resident lives in a safe and supportive home that is exactly that: a home.
WE OVERSEE THE ACCLAIMED 'SASH' PROGRAM STATEWIDE
SASH® stands for Support and Services at Home, a nationally recognized, team-based program of care coordination shown to improve health, save Medicare dollars and help people stay (or become) healthy so they can remain living at home. SASH is the brainchild of Cathedral Square, which piloted it in Burlington in 2009. Today SASH operates from 140 affordable-housing communities throughout Vermont and is being replicated in other states. SASH participants are supported by a full-time care coordinator, a part-time wellness nurse, and a statewide network of social-service agencies and health-care partners, including nonprofit housing organizations, area agencies on aging, community mental health centers, home health agencies, primary and community care teams, and regional hospitals. Programs and services are provided free of charge where participants live. SASH is part of Vermont’s “Blueprint for Health” initiative to reform health care by investing in wellness and attending to the social determinants of health, including housing.
NEWS AROUND THE SQUARE
• We are partnering with Technology for Tomorrow to help our residents get the most out of their tech devices. Laura Wilson, our director of operations, recently joined Bjorn Norstrom to talk about the program on WCAX’s “Across the Fence.
• Construction begins on new Cathedral Square housing community. It was all smiles on Thursday, Sept. 26, when Governor Phil Scott, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, and housing and community-development officials kicked off construction of Juniper House, a new affordable rental community for older adults in Burlington. Learn more.
• Thanks to all who entered our raffle to win two 2019-20 season tickets (hockey or basketball — winner’s choice!) to the UVM Catamounts. The winner has been drawn — congratulations to Marilyn Hake of Milton!
• Cathedral Square resident Hope Lindsay, participating in Vermont’s “grow bOLD’ initiative, shares her views in an article in The Bridge.
• A documentary by Thayer House resident Denis Mueller, “From Ike to Trump: the GOP and Race,” explores how the Republican Party has changed. Read about it in Seven Days.