Who We Serve
We serve children, adults, families and communities as the designated provider for mental health and developmental disability services and the preferred provider for substance use services in Chittenden County.

We help people and communities thrive by providing supports and services to address mental health, substance use, and developmental needs.

Howard Center is a national leader in the delivery of integrated and seamless community-based support for individuals, families, and communities in need.

Clients are at the heart of our decision making.
We are committed to individual and collective well-being and success.
We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
We are steadfast in our practice and pursuit of excellence.

Howard Center was founded in 1865 as an agency to serve the widows and orphans of the civil war at the Home for Destitute Children. Since then, Howard Center has been a trusted provider in our community for more than 150 years, offering progressive, compassionate, high-quality care and treatment for those members of our community in need.

Present Day
Today, our staff of 1,600 support workers, clinicians, nurses, teachers, case managers, psychiatrists, and others provide help and support in over 60 locations across six Vermont counties to more than 16,000 people each year. We serve children, adults, families, and communities in a range of settings with a broad array of services for mental health, developmental, and substance use needs. Additional information can be found in a Howard Center Fact Sheet, our most recent Annual Report, and on our Publications web page.

This month is a dedicated time for us to recognize the leadership and sacrifice of queer people throughout history (told an untold). From Eli Clare to James Baldwin and bell hooks to Sasha Velour, queer people of past and present have influenced the course of history. Pride month is also a time to see the struggles of queer people as part of a greater, collective struggle for liberation. It calls us to do our part to continue to change the course of history until all are free to be who they are.

Above all, this month is about love. Love of yourself and all the parts of you that make you who you are and love of other people with their own identities, experiences, and perspectives that share this beautiful and challenging world with you."

Health Human + Social Services


Denise Vignoe
208 Flynn Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401