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Published on December 02, 2020

James T. Bowse Health Trust Announces 2021 Grant Awards

The Bowse Health Trust (BHT) committee is pleased to announce funding for three important projects over the next three years.

For 25 years the BHT has awarded grant funds to collaborative community programs which measurably improve the health of Rutland County residents. The 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment identified significant needs locally in Housing, Mental Health (including substance use), and Childcare and Parenting. In addition, COVID-19 has further illustrated disparities for some of the most vulnerable in our community. For these reasons, the 2021 grant recipients are: Mentor Connector, Turning Point Center of Rutland County, and Homeless Prevention Center. Starting in January 2021, these organizations will receive BHT funding for three years and were selected because of critical need for these services within our community.

The Vermont Youth Project of Rutland County, housed within the Mentor Connector, is working to make Rutland County the best place in the nation for youth to grow and thrive. A collaborative of local agencies, school districts, community members, and most importantly youth, will work together to make system level changes to how our community supports young people. By addressing the systems that support youth, the group aims to develop physical space, programming, and parental supports that intends to create connections and strengthen young people’s resilience.

Over the next three years, the Turning Point Center of Rutland County will implement the Peer Recovery Outreach Program: PROP. This program aims to support people who are seeking or are in recovery from substance use disorder and families navigating the challenges of addiction in four rural communities within Rutland County and at an alternative city location. By providing technology with partnering locations in Fair Haven/Benson, Danby/Mt. Tabor, Brandon, Castleton, and at the Rutland Free Library, Turning Point will expand its evidenced-based services. Connecting people with trained Recovery Coaches will alleviate the elevated number of Opioid overdoses and give people much needed hope.

Under the leadership of the Homeless Prevention Center, Multisite Supportive Housing Services will strengthen onsite assistance in Rutland County’s new and innovative supportive housing projects. COVID-19 has increased the health risks for many people experiencing homelessness, and simultaneously increased the number of people and families who are without housing. Two specialized housing projects underway in Rutland will include HPC providing needed support to families and individuals utilizing temporary, transitional, and long-term housing to decrease the incidence and duration of homelessness.

As our community evolves, the Bowse Health Trust is committed to improving the health of Rutland County Residents. While COVID-19 has drastically changed the way in which we connect and help each other, our ability to be collaborative, caring, and innovative endures. Our three new grantees and five current grant recipients, along with 60 programs funded in the past, touch and improve many lives. The next grant cycle will be announced in April 2021, as grants are awarded on an annual basis. View our Annual Report here>>> For more information, please contact Jamie Bentley at 802-282-9585 or email

Members of the Health Trust Committee include Joan Gamble, Chair; Victoria Young, Claudio Fort; Renee Bousquet, Nanci Gordon, Caprice Hover, Doug Norford, Kate Bosnich, and Mary Beerworth, MD.

About the James T. Bowse Health Trust

Established in 1996 by Rutland Regional Medical Center to fund collaborative, community-based programs aimed at creating a healthier community. A resolution by the Rutland Regional Health Services (RRHS) Board of Directors renamed this initiative in memory of James T. Bowse, President/CEO of Rutland Regional and RRHS. Jim died unexpectedly on June 17, 1997. He came to Rutland Regional in 1989 and, during his tenure, maintained an active interest in the health and wellness of the community. Jim was instrumental establishing the Trust in the fall of 1996. In naming the trust after Jim, we recognize the contributions he made to our community. Since then, the Bowse Health Trust has funded 4.5M to 64 programs in the Rutland Region.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.


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