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In 2017, JUMP will continue to explore community initiative’s which support shared effort and resources to reach out and meet families where they are at.


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“Transportation…a significant barrier”


Founded in 1988, families and individuals from Chittenden County and beyond continue to visit JUMP in need of everyday valued resources ranging from transportation, food/groceries, clothing, utilities, laundry, ID’s, prescription co-pay, personal hygiene and cleaning items. These are items many cannot purchased using the 3SquaresVT, Vermont's food stamp card.

 

Staff and volunteers along with front-line community partners provide various levels of support to clients with a broad range of needs, including those: recovering from drug addiction, re-entering society from prison, experiencing homelessness, facing sudden large medical expenses on a tight budget, joblessness, disability, entering American society for the first time as refugees, escaping abuse and painfully more.

 

Our goal is to remain an accessible dependable resource for economically disadvantaged neighbors in need as well as provide immediate solutions in the form of voucher assistance, comfort, empathy and thoughtfulness. A more pressing informed goal will be to increase access to reliable transportation to help neighbors maintain employment and eliminate multiple hardships

 

Thus, coming soon JUMP will launch a new initiative called the Gas Card Project (GCP).  The GCP is informed by what JUMP does well, what essential help we provide that other local non-profits do not: Gas voucher assistance for transportation.

 

JUMP alone in 2016 distributed over $24,000 in Gas Card Vouchers to families in need; a service no other local non-profit provides.

 

Last year, JUMP distributed 5426 in vouchers valued at $88,788. Categories included: Transportation, Household Goods, Food, Utilities, Laundry, Finance and Medication Co-pay.

 

Supportive of Client efforts to move toward increase mobility and economic relief, Transportation equated $29,768; 34% of JUMP vouchers assistance.  42% of all JUMP households/families requested transportation vouchers for gas.

 

Vital, Gas Card Vouchers are especially helpful when one considers the discrepancy between where clients live and where the jobs and other services offered to them are located. Without gas to get to an inter-view, a doctor’s appointment, school or the grocery store, life can be exceedingly challenging.

 

Ideally, we hope to serve as the sole administrator of the Gas Card Voucher Project once the benefits and risk to community partners are identified and addressed.


Until till then, we will soldier on “doing more with less” ensuring our neighbors essential transportation needs are met to help eliminate hardship and embrace a healthier tomorrow!


...Wanda Hines; Director


“JUMP needs your help for our annual Spring Campaign”

We are asking for your support to help us meet our goals and offer needed emergency aid to our neighbors living in poverty. 

 

Currently, JUMP volunteers and staff actively listen and respond with empathy and caring to the many heartfelt stories from neighbors in need….

 

“Hi…I need voucher to put gas in my car I work far away from my home. In Wake Robin I asked and the coordinator said JUMP service will help you. I have low income which is not enough for pay and to control pay bills n all...

 

“I currently am on disability and only my husband works and we are on a fixed income. We are just barely paying rent and bills and I recently have been going to the food shelf where I heard about JUMP.

 

“My daughter and I have been homeless for the past year and half. I am a PhD candidate, single parent with no child support, 20 year of work experience, cannot get a job interview for 18 months now. I have expenses I cannot cover. If there is any way you can help I'd be grateful. Thank you

 

“I recently underwent a procedure at the hospital that has permanently brain damaged me and also left me with extremely limited memory. Due to this I am no longer able to work or function normally.” 

 

Our Drop In Center assist neighbors not in search of a hand out, but a hand up to help them regain dignity, achieve self-sufficiency and embrace the many comforts of knowing there is hope and kindness. Please give now!

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