In Vermont, Spectrum Youth and Family Services helps young people transition from foster care to truly independent living. From Spectrum’s website:

YDP provides a host of services designed to help youth transition from State care to self-sufficiency and independent living. Typically one of the most important steps is building supportive relationships with youth while educating them about all of the resources and supports available to them. Providing a high level of advocacy and encouraging self advocacy for these vulnerable youth often helps build motivation and increase participation in all of the other YDP services.


You can help! Here’s Spectrum’s wish list:

Donate Items on Our Wish List:

Thank you for considering a donation to help meet our needs.  If you would like to drop off a donation, please stop by our Drop-In Center at 177 Pearl Street on Sunday or Tuesday, from 10:00am-12:00pm.

  • Monthly & daily bus passes on CCTA
  • 10 new backpacks
  • Combs (small and large toothed)
  • Deodorant (travel size)
  • New socks (crew, all sizes)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents
  • Belts (leather or cloth web, all sizes)
  • Can openers (pocket or travel size)
  • Sewing kits (pocket or travel size)
  • 3 new mini fridges
  • 20 new twin sheet sets
  • 20 new mattress pads and foam mattress toppers (twin-sized)
  • New underwear, boxers (all sizes)
  • Winter coats (male and female, all sizes)
  • Gloves, mittens and warm hats
  • Thermal underwear (all sizes)
  • Rain ponchos
  • $50 gift cards to Old Navy or Macy’s (for interview and work clothes)
  • Gift cards for area restaurants (for our mentor matches)
  • Gift cards to Famous Footwear (for interview and work shoes)
  • Outdoor bike rack (for backyard of Co-op)

*We are unable to accept clothes donations at this time. thanks the Burlington Free Press for its story on Spectrum:

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