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Our Programs

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Mindful SELF/Windsor Central Wellness Initiative

The Ottauquechee Health Foundation’s Mindful SELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) Program has been fostering social and emotional learning through mindfulness education in area schools for three years. Classes have focused on teaching mindful awareness skills to elementary children, as well as teachers and staff, in order to build a culture of mindfulness, resiliency, and social-emotional wellbeing.  Mindfulness is a secular practice that helps cultivate enhanced, non-judgemental awareness.  The popular techniques have been taught in numerous academic, community, and clinical settings with results suggesting improved health and wellbeing including self-regulation, increased social skills, reduction of problem behaviors and decrease in bullying and hostility. 

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Caregiver Referral

The Martha Lussier Health Information and Referral Service (HIRS) served the greater Woodstock Community by making referrals from a registry of experienced caregivers, without charge, to all families and individuals who are seeking in-home assistance.  This is particularly important to family members who desperately need a respite from their role as on-going caregivers.

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Homecare Grants

OHF Homecare Grants are available for community members requiring in-home caregiving services who are unable to pay for them. These grants are available short term to keep community members safe in their homes as they recover from life events requiring additional assistance.

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Good Neighbor Grants

Good Neighbor Grants provide help to people who are having trouble paying for specific health services.

These include medical and dental care, medical procedures, hearing aids, mental health, and more.

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Community Grants

Community grants are made to nonprofit organizations with current tax exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a public entity.  Community grants may also be made to organizations with a fiscal sponsor which maintains tax-exempt status. Community Grants applications will be reviewed on a case to case basis by the Grants Committee.

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To help support our mission, OHF offers  the OHF Health and Wellness Scholarship Award.

This scholarship is awarded to seniors planning to pursue a career in health and wellness at a Vermont College or University. Ideally, that student would also have the future goal to remain in the area after graduation to help further support the health and wellness of the people OHF serves.

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Education and Outreach

Ottauquechee Health Initiatives

OHF hosts and supports community health forums and events to address current community health needs. Please visit our Events page to see a full list of upcoming offerings.

Below Market Rent for Non-profits and Health Providers

OHF offers below market rent to its non-profit tenants and health care providers in Simmons House. This is possible in part due to the Town and Village of Woodstock providing property tax exemption for the Foundation’s property.

Conference Space for Local Non Profits

OHF makes its conference room available at no cost to its non-profit tenants and as available, to other community non-profits. Contact to reserve.