Meet Our Member - Allison Dandurand
Shelter Service Coordinator/Case Manager at the John Graham Emergency Shelter
Allison is originally from the borderlands of Northern Vermont. She studied Human Relations at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. She worked as a Street Fundraiser for the charity Shelter in the U.K. and ended up working in social services full-time while slowly chipping away at her undergraduate degree. Allison is also passionate about art, books, film, food, travel, live music, the lake & land, and all divergent ways of life.
What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?
A typical day at the homeless shelter includes a lot of "maintenance" - maintenance of time, maintenance of energies, as well of both physical and emotional climate. There are a lot of basic needs that must be met between the John Graham Shelter's 5 houses. When I walk into the door, there is a real sense that anything could happen at any given time for the folks who we serve.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I joined the VHCB Americorps team because I was very much looking for a sense of community. I also wanted to know more about conservation efforts, and to increase my insight and awareness on the interplay between housing and conservation.
What has surprised you most about serving with AmeriCorps?
Most surprising is how quickly a member can transition from service - "in the trenches", up to the managerial level such as Assistant Director. It's inspiring to see that hard work does readily earn deserved recognition.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
The highlight of serving at the John Graham Shelter is networking with Addison County service providers. Everyone in the local area is extremely giving and welcoming. It's a beautiful place to live and work with a very tight-knit community.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
I'd like everyone to know that the VHCB Americorps is truly worth the investment of time for an individual at any age - the program is not just for someone "fresh out of school".