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Kim Fitzgerald Is Top Finalist for Remarkable Women Award

Cathedral Square CEO Kim Fitzgerald is a top finalist for the Remarkable Women Award, part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress, and the quality of life. In Vermont, there are few issues bigger than the challenge in finding affordable housing, especially for seniors. For Kim Fitzgerald, helping older Vermonters is a part of who she is.

Speak Up for Affordable Housing

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition (VHCC) Legislative Day presents an opportunity for housing and conservation partners to raise awareness about the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) investments and community results. Legislators need to hear from you—Vermonters doing the work on the ground—about ways VHCB investments are addressing some of Vermont’s most pressing issues, such as homelessness, water quality, rural economic development, and more.

Appointment of New Cathedral Square Board Members

Dr. Mark Levine, Aaron Ferenc, and Sarah Muyskens have been named to the Board of Directors for Cathedral Square. “We are thrilled to welcome these three highly accomplished Vermonters to our board,” says Cathedral Square CEO Kim Fitzgerald. “They each bring a unique perspective and area of expertise to our organization as we continue to address the critical need for equal access to quality, service-enriched, affordable homes for older adults and people with diverse needs in Vermont.”

Groups Call For More Investment for Housing

Cathedral Square is proud to join with many of our housing partners from around Vermont to urge the state to increase its investment in affordable housing by $175 million during the 2023 legislative session. We recognize that safe, affordable housing is the foundation of health, individual and community well-being, and economic, racial, and social justice. We urge incoming lawmakers to prioritize funding for affordable housing so that all Vermonters can thrive.

Volunteers to the Rescue Amid Labor Shortage & Soaring Prices

Like virtually every other business and organization, we cycle through periods of being short-staffed due to employees who have retired or moved on and those who must quarantine at home for days due to having the virus. Fortunately, here at Cathedral Square we’ve had the support of friends, donors, board members and current staff members at all levels who have pitched in to help whenever and wherever there has been a need.

Opening of Bayview Crossing Cheered in South Hero

State and local officials, affordable housing advocates, and area residents gathered in South Hero Monday, Nov. 14, to celebrate the opening of Bayview Crossing, a new Cathedral Square community with 30 homes for older adults and offices for the local nonprofit C.I.D.E.R. (Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources). It is the first affordable housing to be built in Grand Isle County in 17 years.

Cathedral Square Launches Memory Care Capital Campaign

With generous support from the families of Holly & Bob Miller and Lois & J. Warren (“Mac”) McClure, Cathedral Square has launched a $1 million capital campaign to ensure the future of Memory Care at Allen Brook, its Williston-based residence for very low-income Vermonters on Medicaid. It is the only truly affordable memory-care residence in Vermont, as it accepts people on Medicaid and with Section 8 rental subsidy at the time of admission. Private residential care in Vermont for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia typically costs $10,000 a month or more.

Celebrating the 'New' Whitney Hill Homestead in Williston

Residents, legislators, funders, policymakers and friends turned out in force in late June to celebrate the completion of major upgrades at Whitney Hill Homestead, a 30-year-old Cathedral Square housing community in Williston, Vermont. The year-long renovation required moving residents and their belongings out for six weeks at a time while work was completed in their part of the buildings. The improvements included upgrades to all major building systems, including an entirely new sprinkler system.

New Leaders Named for SASH®

Two women with long-standing experience in the Support and Services at Home (SASH®) program have been named to the top leadership posts of the statewide program. Liz Genge of Montpelier is the new director, and Casey Doerner RN of East Ryegate is the new assistant director. They will oversee SASH teams throughout Vermont that provide support and coordinate personalized care and programming for the approximately 5,000 Medicare recipients enrolled in the program.

Construction Starts on Bayview Crossing

We had a wonderful groundbreaking ceremony on a sunny afternoon Sept. 22 in South Hero, celebrating the long-awaited construction start of Bayview Crossing, which will bring 30 one- and Pictured from left: Kim Fitzgerald of Cathedral Square and Meg Pond and Robin Way of Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources, better known as C.I.D.E.R.