Perspectives on Homelessness: With and Without the COVID-19 Pandemic

Raghav Goyal and Ronni PearlmanWritten by Raghav Goyal '22 and Ronni Pearlman
My understanding of homelessness has built over the last three years here in Burlington, Vt., and has revealed, for me, some basic truths: Homelessness is a transient condition that many people go in and out of; not everyone has mental health or substance abuse issues; and the people in the homeless community are unbelievably diverse in age, nationality, race, political bent, and education, with stories you would never anticipate. Read more...

Larner Responds: Setting Up a Field Hospital

Hillary DanisWritten by Hillary Danis '21
I have volunteered and worked in EMS for my entire adult life. Many of my friends are part of the Vermont emergency services community. Being part of that team is the greatest honor I can imagine. When it became clear that COVID-19 was reaching pandemic level and that it would inexorably affect the healthcare system, I watched my colleagues spring into action. Read more...

Larner Responds: The Power to be Superheroes

Coronavirus SuperheroesWritten by Maggie Carey '22
It was mid-afternoon on a sunny day when I heard the excited shouts of children in the neighbors’ yard.  From my bedroom window, I could see parents hugging one another and chatting as their kids started a spirited game of freeze-tag.  It was as pure and picturesque as a party could be – except for the crushing reality that we were in the middle of a pandemic. Read more...