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Kelsey cites compelling need for children’s services

Charles Kelsey acknowledged the current crisis facing children in many small rural communities in Vermont.

Charles Kelsey acknowledged the current crisis facing children in many small rural communities in Vermont.

— Charles Kelsey is aware that when it comes to Vermont’s children, many small, rural communities are in crisis. Kelsey is president of the Board of Trustees of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Vermont.

“The societal issues we face that impact children today are acute—certainly in the northeast, and in the world. Kurn Hattin is directly impacted by those trends,” Kelsey said at Kurn Hattin’s annual board meeting recently.

“We may not talk about it much, and the trauma of some of the children’s upbringing is often invisible, but it has scarred them for life. In trying to undo some of that, we have teachers and staff dealing with their tears and frustrations in an incredible way. This organization needs to go on existing in order to service those needs, to provide access to as many as we can,” he added.

Kelsey, who also serves as vice president of resident life at Riverwoods in Exeter, N.H., was officially sworn in as board chair man at Kurn Hattin’s 117th annual meeting.

Kelsey said the mounting need for expanded children’s services in Vermont which, in some areas, is in crisis mode. In many cases, Kelsey said, non profit organizations are providing the heavy lifting in the community.

“Non-profit organizations are essential to the fabric of our society, he said, “The financial markets have impacted the reserve funds we rely upon, and we need to position ourselves to be able to provide these services that are so vitally needed.”

Kelsey said he is ready to work for children around the area as he assumes responsibilities with Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. Kurn Hattin is a charitable home and school for boys and girls, ages 6-15, who are affected by tragedy, social or economic hardship, or other disruption in family life.

“Kurn Hattin has remained in a leadership position because of the generosity of the individuals who have helped make it what it is today, and because of the incredibly dedicated staff here,“ he said.

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