The main goal for the Office of Resident Services is to promote self-sufficiency. We offer a variety of programs and resources to help the people we serve.

What is self sufficiency?

YOU ALREADY HAVE SKILLS AND TALENT – we can help to make them work for you. Self sufficiency is about being confident in your own abilities to make gains in your life.

Want to learn more?

Want to learn more?  Need a scholarship?

Courses for college degrees and other adult skills at the Community College of Vermont Bennington location:

Scholarships for college and training programs through the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. You could qualify for more money than you think! All it takes to find out is to fill out a quick form.

High School Diploma, Adult Literacy, Youth Agricultural program and more, the Tutorial Center on Pleasant St.:

The CDC (Career Development Center) provides career training in many fields ranging from business to cosmetology:

Making your money go further
Managing your income is a skill that requires guidance and practice. Neighborworks can help renters save money to become home-owners.
How do I meet some basic needs?
Bennington Free Health Clinic:
AIDS/HIV­ Hotline­(Vermont) Hotline: (800) 882-2437 | (800) 319-3141 (TTY)

Food Banks
Bennington Cares: Open Tues, 5:30-7:30, Thurs, 10:00 to Noon and  and Sat, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
His Pantry Foodbank: Open  Wed 1-4pm, Fri 10-12 pm
BROC food shelf: open Mon and Wed 1-2pm and Fri 10-11 am
St John the Baptist Tues 10-11:30am and  Thurs 3-4:30
Green Mountain Christian Center- Thurs 3:30-6:30


Fuel and Electric Bill Assistance

Family Violence/Sexual Assault
Vermont Network:

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging:
Bennington Project Independence:

Need Other Assistance?
Vermont 211 provides links to services ranging from consumer needs, education, health and family care:

VT Legal Aid:

Mental Health including substance misuse

Disability rights and advocacy and adaptive equipment:


Need a job or job training?
CDC provides career training in many fields ranging from business to cosmetology:

Vermont Labor Workforce Development:

Youth Activities

Bennington Recreation Center: 655 Gage Street | 802-442-1053
Offers an open playground, tennis courts, swimming pool with open hours listed on their webpage, and a gym.

Woodford State Park:
Willow Park:
Stark Street Playground:

Groups and Activities
Better Bennington Youth Art:
Sports Programs:
Tutorial Center Youth Agriculture Program:
2nd Chance Animal Shelter Summer Program:
Boy Scouts of America: