As we reflect on 2023, we couldn’t have done it without community. Our Montpelier location, just 1.5 years into its new home purchased on Elm Street, was one of many, many homes and businesses affected by the devastating July floods.
The initial shock of seeing 5 feet of water in the basement, inventory floating in flooded waters, and knowing that the “guts” of the house were destroyed, was traumatic. In the days and weeks that followed, strangers showed up and helped us clear out and clean our wellness space. And as the waters receded, and we took a look around, it really wasn’t too too bad, especially with perspective. We witnessed our friends and neighbors lose their entire businesses and homes. Our downtown was destroyed, but not for long.
Tears flowed as we received grants from local organizations like Montpelier Alive and Montpelier Strong, which felt like donations coming straight from our patients and community. And state funding was crucial through BEGAP to recover a lot of our lost inventory. Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation kept us informed all the way through this. And friends from the Vermont Acupuncture Association offered welcomed support as well.
Physical recovery of our beautiful 1860’s renovated home is fully complete. We had help from White’s Heating and Oil restore our furnace and hot water heater (luckily just in time for winter!). And big thanks to Apex mold mitigation, who arrived like the calvary just days after the flood to be assure our office was free of mold and healthy.
In addition to Integrative Acupuncture’s home flooding, owners Kerry Boyle and Jonathan Fleming’s house in Waterbury also was affected by the July 2023 floods. They were grateful to receive FEMA funding and Efficiency Vermont rebates help to recover from the river that flowed through their property and home.
We were fortunate to not just receive this year but also give. Integrative Acupuncture is committed to giving back to our communities and every year participates with both financial and gift card donations for local nonprofits. This year we were honored to provide donations for fundraising for these Vermont non-profits:
Please reach out to us if you have a fundraiser in Central or Northern Vermont that we may be able to help with.