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it provides all people in Vermont free access to what resources
are available in your community.
(This service is also online at www.vermont211.org)


For State Help Programs,try the Agency of Human Services, "Screen Door" online access tool...you can  find out what kind of help that fits your needs and where you can find it.

http://www.screendoor.vermont.gov/


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Apllications are also available at the Putney Food Shelf or by calling Mike at 802.387.8787



Note: Each eligible person receives his or her own food box. People can participate in other commodity programs at the same time, but they cannot be enrolled at more than one CSFP site.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
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- A child under 6 years of age and not already in the WIC program.
- A woman who is pregnant or post-partum for less than a year and
not already in the WIC program.
- Individual and/or household income will be used to determine eligibility.
- Each household member may be eligible, and will need to complete an application form


Breaking The Cycle of Childhood Trauma

by Rep. Mike Mrowicki

Windham 4 District

Ken Burns’ latest historical video narrative, “The Vietnam War,” reminds many of us of that historical era, the French and U.S. actions, and the proof of philosopher and essayist George Santayana’s words, “Those without a sense of history are doomed to repeat it.”

The documentary also reminds us of the systemic and righteous mendacity of U.S. leadership, oblivious to the huge ripples of suffering it was inflicting on peoples across the world. Suffering that continues today.

And, for what?

Even today, as a culture, we seem oblivious to the ravages of war’s effects, and also oblivious to how trauma keeps on ravaging those afflicted.

The fact that we ignore trauma as a root cause to many of the societal ills we face in our world, despite a growing body of research, also proves Santayana’s words. We continue to see rises in generational poverty, children with special education needs, addiction, mental health care needs, incarceration, chronic health challenges, and homelessness. And, in all too many cases, untreated trauma is at the root.

Twenty years ago, when the first research paper on the topic was published, it affirmed what many who worked in the field knew: that childhood trauma was prevalent and had real effects.

Now, mindful of a growing body of research that has taken place in the meantime, Vermont legislators and policymakers in Montpelier are seeking to better inform their fellow legislators and the general public as to the prevalence and effects of childhood trauma.

Trauma effects spin like a snowball rolling downhill, keeping people trapped in poverty. The behaviors that result from that trauma lead to chronic psycho-social and health problems and, often, to early death. This cycle is accompanied by huge human suffering and astronomical monetary costs.

Pretty bleak stuff, on one hand. On the other hand? The hope that anything we shine light on starts the process of change for the better.

Despite the good work that is helping, the societal problems we face now need societal solutions — and that means a cultural shift.

The Vermont Agency of Human Services has started formulating a plan to look at adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as a public-health problem in the same comprehensive way that smoking was addressed 50 years ago.

At the time, 52 percent of people in the United States smoked, but an effort across the board emerged to challenge the status quo and, in turn, led to the measures to cut smoking rates. Currently, about 18 percent of people in this country smoke, and those numbers continue to decline.

The Act 43/ACEs Childhood Trauma Legislative Working Group — convened around the legislation (“An act relating to building resilience for individuals experiencing adverse childhood experiences”) that went into effect on July 1 — has been holding hearings to pull together a picture defining the problem.

We’re looking at best practices in addressing childhood trauma and, mostly, better informing legislators and the general public as to the prevalence and widespread, long-lasting manifestations of childhood trauma.

Alongside that though, we are asking the tough questions about evaluation and outcomes: What works, or doesn’t?

Obviously, if all the services we offered were as effective as we’d hope, the populations of the homeless, special ed, addiction/mental health, chronic health care, etc. would not still be rising.

We need to make sure monies we’re spending are being used wisely, and identify the holes in a system that need filling, if we want to stem the flow of those needing such a wide array of services because of what happened to them as a child.

We hope the testimony being heard will contribute to the body of work, help us build support for more comprehensively addressing this root cause of so many societal ills, and help put Santayana’s prophecy to rest.
We can learn from our history. We can stop the cycle of trauma that feeds those other negative behavior cycles.

We hope to add another way of looking at our world today: that things are not getting worse, but more is being revealed.

And that we would do well to hold on to one another and instead of being in denial of harsh realities, continue pulling back the veil together, and shining the light of hope.


Hate Has No Home Here!

STATEMENT ON THE TERRORISM IN CHARLOTTESVILE,VA.

While White  supremacists / domestic terrorists  such as we've just seen in Virginia have been around since the War to End Slavery in 1861, public outrage and a collective sense of decency have relegated them to the shadows.

The racist expressions and support by this President and his Administration,  have brought them out of the darkness and empowerd them.

We join our voices in shining light on this insult to decency and democracy.
We urge all to stand and be counted. 
It is the best way to send those who would destroy America and it's ideals of inclusion , back into the darkness.

Let the hills of Vermont  and America, ring with our words, Hate Has No Home Here!

-Mike and David


The 2017 Legislative Session Concludes...At Long Last.With the daily chaos raining down on the nation from the Trump White House, the 2017 Legislature had to add to the work focused on Vermonters, with a Trump Protection Plan. Unfortunately, though, that chaos started to leak into the Vermont scene at the end of the session.More on that later.

Some of the highlights of the session include passing  a balanced budget that protects vital services while rejecting Governor Scott’s proposed $50 million property tax increase. And, we have fought back against President Trump’s discrimination against immigrant Vermonters, and locked in rules to protect our environment before the Trump Administration could gut them. Among the other work we passed:                                                                                        -A Racial Justice Oversight Board                                                         -Help for First responders to get treatment for on-the-job PTSD;       -creating a volunteer State pension system for working Vermonters                                                                            -implementing a system of paid family medical leave insurance.         -Protecting Freedom of Speech / and  Free Press with a shield law    -Ethics bill for elected public servants                                                 -Firearm Removal from the scene of Domestic Assault                         -Act 46 Reform allowing more time and flexibility for study committees to develop alternative governance structures                 -Environmental Protection through aquatic invasive controls and a Toxics bill to protect Vermonters 

And, then, there was the end of session chaos. 11 days before our scheduled adjournment, the Governor -along with the Vt. School Boards Association-put on the table a major proposal that he claimed would save money on health insurance for educational staff. But, only if the state usurped local control for negotiations. An Interesting note is that, we often hear from Republicans how much they dislike consolidating power and keeping decision making local. Except when they don’t. As in this case.

Both the House and Senate rejected the Governors proposal for several reasons. First, it was a major proposal and as such needs comprehensive vetting, not an uninformed, last second fly-by decision. Second, is it is an attack on both local control and collective bargaining, a cornerstone of labor relations . The same labor relations that built the middle class and keeps the income disparity in this country from growing even larger. Third, the so-called savings aren’t guaranteed and it isn't clear, if there are savings, how much?  The real kicker was , we were told, the deal was presented as a “Once in a lifetime- better hurry now” kind of deal. 

Not sure about you, but whenever a salesman starts telling me a deal is too good to be true but you have to act now, I put my hand on my wallet and head for the door. I wouldn't buy a used car under those circumstances and sure wouldn’t buy health insurance under those circumstances.

Vermont has been one of the stable places in this nation. We hope the chaos from Washington isn’t being invited into the Green Hills. So, let’s hope our so-called, ”moderate” Governor, isn’t taking lessons from his Republican counterparts in places like Wisconsin and the White House. 

(Note- Since the Governor’s Veto Session in June- an agreement to pass the budget has been agreed to. It is the same plan, legislators offered to the Governor at the regular end of the session.)

And, so, now that the part -time legislature has adjourned and we’re back home, it’s exciting to see all the grassroots actions in response to the Trump regime. With the Women’s March, the March for Science and the Environment, it’s heartening to  see so many people becoming active in resisting the Trump regime and making Vermont a better place.

We look forward to working together in common cause, to resist and persist, and move us to a stronger, healthier Vermont.

As always, we want to hear from you, and thank you for the honor and privilege to serve you in Montpelier.

Rep David Deen                          Rep Mike Mrowicki

Vt. State Representatives  Windham 4 District

Putney, Dummerston, Westminster