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Bennington Project Independence

Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Center

614 Harwood Hill - P.O. Box 1504

Bennington, VT 05201

Phone: (802) 442-8136 | Fax: (802) 447-8291

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Caregiver Support

"When was the last time you laughed with a friend?"

BPI offers a unique program entitled "Families Together." So often individuals caring for an elderly or disabled loved one find that family and friends drift away. Not knowing how to help or wanting to bother the caregiver, they withdraw leaving the caregiver without critical emotional and social support.

Families Together is a group of caregivers, both past and present, who gather each month to share their experiences, knowledge and strength.

Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in our upstairs community room of the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Center at 614 Harwood Hill in Bennington. No pre-registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Limited transportation and respite coverage at BPI are also available.

Another unique aspect of BPI’s Families Together is that we also have Caring Friends or Family Mentors. These are people who have first hand experience dealing with some of the issues that a caregiver might face. Knowing that there is a truly caring friend a caregiver can call to talk with, problem solve or just share with can bring a huge sense of relief.

Families Together and Caring Friends are just some of the special ways BPI is helping families share the care. For more information on how you or someone you know can join the fun and friendship, contact us at (802) 442-8136 or contact us.

Caregiver with mother

"To be around people who have or are going through what you are and be able to exchange experiences and knowledge is very supportive. Also when a story is told you can sometimes find humor in it."