Refuge for Recovery

We are working to create a beautiful garden space in the side yard of our historic house.

  • A freshly painted exterior, warm and welcoming.
  • New flower and herb garden beds, bursting with color and fragrance.
  • Comfortable, shaded seating areas for solitude or conversation.
  • A repaired foundation and newly designed marble terrace just outside the large meeting room.

Below are a few pictures of the damaged foundation:

damaged foundation

Please help if you can. All donations over $500 are invited to submit a name or phrase to be included on a commemorative plaque within the garden, serving as a lasting tribute. Every amount helps! There are many ways to give:

  1.  Donate online
  2. Call (802) 362-5524 to give over the phone
  3. Give via Venmo @thewilsonhousevt
  4. Send a check to TWH, PO Box 46, East Dorset, VT 05253

Since its renovation by Ozzie and so many volunteers and the formation of a nonprofit organization in 1988, The Wilson House has been a sanctuary for people in recovery. Fixing the side yard of the House will enhance that experience by transforming an underutilized space into a tranquil oasis.

Before & after

All donors over $500 may submit a name or phrase to be included on a commemorative plaque within the garden, serving as a lasting tribute to your generosity.

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THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE A REFUGE FOR RECOVERY!

The Wilson House is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable under the law. No goods or services have been provided for this contribution.

What is the Wilson House Annual Fund?
The Wilson House Annual Fund is our lifeblood. Every year, people like you provide the resources that allow us to meet minimum maintenance on the house built in 1852, constantly deliver inspiring seminar programs, enhance the guest experience with fellowship and hospitality and, with luck, finish the year in the black.

A successful Annual Fund campaign will provide staying power for The Wilson House as we continue our work, day-after-day throughout the year. It keeps our doors open and our coffee hot to welcome home the thousands of guests who visit each year.

What is the Wilson House Endowment Fund?
In order to maintain, preserve and protect this sacred space we all know and love, The Wilson House Endowment Fund has recently been created for this specific purpose. With a gift of $95,000 from the estate of a supporter, along with an outright gift of $27,000 and a $10,000 pledge, the board of directors has established the fund for the preservation, restoration, and ongoing maintenance of The Wilson House and the Griffith Library. With $133,000 effectively in hand and more pledged, our initial fund-raising goal is an ambitious $2 million.

Why is an endowment fund important?
An endowment fund will ensure there will always be sufficient funds available so that The Wilson House and the Griffith Library can be maintained properly in perpetuity.

How does an endowment fund work?
An endowment fund uses the interest and income from investments made with the corpus of the fund. A reasonably conservative investment will generate a return of about 6% – 8%. Annually, 4% is withdrawn from the fund and the remainder is then conserved and continues to grow. The following is an illustration of how this works.

For example:
A gift of $10,000 will generate $400 per year ($10,000 x 4%)
A gift of $100,000 will generate $4,000 per year ($100,000 x 4%)
A gift of $1,000,000 will generate $40,000 per year ($1,000,000 x 4%)

How does supporting an endowment fund differ from Annual Fund support?
An endowment fund differs from an annual fund in its vision and purpose. While your gift to the annual fund is critical to the operations of The Wilson House (staff salaries, food, beverage, housekeeping, linens, program expenses, etc.), the endowment fund supports the long-term maintenance needs of The Wilson House and the Griffith Library. Think of it as a savings account for the future, addressing all of the issues associated with the aging properties. And both types of support are extremely important – first, to help cover the annual operational expenses, and second, ensuring the buildings remain in good repair.

Support of the Endowment Fund can be made through a direct gift or you may wish to consider a planned gift by including The Wilson House Endowment Fund in your estate plans. For more information please contact:

Kimberly Norman, Executive Director
Phone: 802-362-5524
Email: kim@wilsonhouse.org

Donate Now to the Endowment Fund

The Wilson House is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable under the law. No goods or services have been provided for this contribution.