Essential Goods Program
Essential Goods on a mission to provide community resources needed to relieve poverty.
We've awarded over $1.6 Million worth of goods to more than 14,000 low-income Vermonters. Our network of over 30 partner agencies throughout the state enables us to reach more Vermont families in need every year.
Applying for Vouchers
Are you in need of essential goods?
Vouchers for essential goods can be obtained from over 30 partner agencies across the state. Those agencies will help identify your immediate needs and issue vouchers to help meet those needs. Vouchers can be redeemed at any ReSOURCE retail location for essential goods. While we do not provide vouchers to nonprofit organizations, they are eligible for a 25% discount on all purchases.
Our Partner Agencies
Serving across Vermont
Our partners help us to provide $125,000 worth of goods to over 2,000 individuals/families in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Washington Counties, and the greater Vermont area.
Partner Agency List
Addison Community Action/CVOEO
Agency of Human Services – Field Services (not accepting outside referrals)
Burlington Community Justice Center
Burlington Housing Authority (not accepting outside referrals)
Capstone Community Action, Inc.
Chittenden Community Action/ CVOEO (not accepting outside referrals)
Committee on Temporary Shelter (not accepting outside referrals)
Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
Church of Good Shepard
Central Vermont Council on Aging
Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action
Good Samaritan Haven
Howard Center – School Services Only (not accepting outside referrals)
Howard Center Developmental Services (not accepting outside referrals)
Howard Center Human Services (not accepting outside referrals)
Joint Urban Ministry Project
Lamoille Family Center
Lund Family Center
Milton Family Community Center
Pathways to Housing VT
Safe Harbor Clinic
Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Steps to End Domestic Violence
Visiting Nurse Association – Children and Families
Visiting Nurses Association -Adult Home Care
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program
Vermont Foundation for Recovery
Vermont Works for Women
Winooski Community Justice Center
Apply for a Voucher
Vouchers for Essential Goods can be obtained from our listed partner agencies across the state.Those agencies will identify your needs and issue vouchers in the appropriate amounts.
To be matched with an Essential Goods Program Partner Agencies please call 211
Frequently Asked Questions
What are "Essential Goods"?
Essential Goods include most items available at our stores including: furniture, household goods, kitchenware, small and large appliances, even desktop computers.
What items can't be purchased with a voucher?
Vouchers cover the purchase of most items in ReSOURCE stores, but do not include any items purchased by ReSOURCE (light bulbs, local color paint, etc.), goods that are made by ReSOURCE staff/trainees (picnic tables, adirondack chairs, chicken coops, etc.), and laptop computers.
How do I use my voucher?
You’ve got a voucher! Now what? Vouchers can be redeemed at any ReSOURCE store with a valid photo ID. Vouchers cannot be transferred to anyone other than the person to whom they were issued. Vouchers are only valid within ReSOURCE’s fiscal year, so, if you receive your voucher in 2017, you must use your voucher in 2017. Still, you do not have to use your voucher all at once. The balance of the voucher will recorded following any purchase and remains available through the end of the year in which it was issued.
How do I get my purchases home?
ReSOURCE has a pick up & delivery service. Delivery of items can be paid for with a voucher. Note: this is in addition to the cost of the item already purchased with the voucher. Delivery is even possible to cities outside of the store locations, but for a higher fee.
How to Help
Want to help support the Essential Goods Program?
Every donation of either goods or gifts can help support the Essential Goods Program. Most items we sell in our stores are considered “essential” and eligible for purchase with a voucher. When you donate these items, they can go directly to a family in need or their sale can help fund the poverty relief that this program provides. Your gifts can also be directed to benefit this program specifically or ReSOURCE’s poverty relief mission as a whole. Thank you.