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Hale-Brodne House, Chelsea

January 13, 2022 – The Preservation Trust of Vermont announced today a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization grant of $50,000 to the Orange County Restorative Justice Center for the rehabilitation of the Hale-Brodne House in Chelsea, VT.

Built c.1850 and part of the Chelsea Village Historic District, the Hale-Brodne House is currently leased by the Orange County Restorative Justice Center, a nonprofit organization that has provided a community-based response to crime for over 40 years. The $50,000 Bruhn Revitalization Grant will support the final stages of a full revitalization, including repairing historic windows, chimneys, structural work and exterior painting. 

When complete, the Hale-Brodne House will be open as a public space for community use. The OCRJC will use the space for restorative justice processes including restorative panels, reparative circles, mediation, driver’s license reinstatement services, mental health and substance use screenings, and re-entry support for previously incarcerated individuals. Through these and other programs, community members will find support to gain stability in their lives, pathways to healthy behaviors, and community connection.

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