Charity of the week
Kurn Hattin Homes for Children (kurnhattin.org) was founded in 1894 by the Rev. Charles Albert Dickinson to provide orphans and at-risk kids a safe home to nurture their full potential. Situated on 280 acres of land in the Vermont countryside, Kurn Hattin houses 105 children affected by family tragedy, poverty, homelessness, abuse, or other hardships. It also runs a state-approved independent elementary and middle school, with additional art, music, and sports programming and one-on-one counseling sessions. During their stay, youth are taught how to successfully interact with others, make friends, respect peers and elders, and work out conflict. The kids also help operate the working farm, where they plant, cultivate, and harvest produce while learning to connect with their bucolic surroundings.
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