GRANTEE STORIES

Through the generosity of our donors, BTCF awards thousands of grants to individuals and organizations each year. These are some of their stories:


   

HIGH & MIGHTY EXTENDS SERVICES TO CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

High & Mighty is not your average riding ranch. With over 100 expert instructors, volunteers and specialists, it offers equine-assisted activities for children, teens and adults with special needs. 

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INTERVIEW: SAFIYA SINCLAIR

Safiya Sinclair was named the 21st recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency. For over a decade, the program has provided poets and literary scholars a paid six- or 12-month stay at Clampitt's former residency near Lenox, Mass., where they can focus exclusively on their work.

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REBUILDING HOMES, REPAIRING LIVES

"We got through the worst of it," whispered Audrey Bushnell into the ear of her trembling dog. She hugged him tightly and consoled him with kisses as the sharp clatter of hammers echoed from the ceiling of her mobile home. A team of workers was replacing Audrey's leaking roof.

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new clampitt poet moves in (2014)

Jacob Shores-Argüello has already fallen in love with the charms of Lenox, Massachusetts. He finds inspiration in the winter landscape, the cafes and shops that line the town center and the cozy home in which he is currently staying, once the residence of renowned poet Amy Clampitt. 

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     a born teacher
Bob Thistle loves the company he keeps. Surrounded for 25 years by optimistic young students, he is a master teacher with a deep commitment to his school and community. On Sunday, he was recognized for his achievements as the sixth James C. Kapteyn Prize winner.

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aging comfortably with chore service

Karl Saliter moved to Sharon, Conn. in 1969 with five kids and no job. He had been let go at the worst possible time for a fuel purveyor to get started in a new market. 

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The Giving Garden

For the last two decades, Russell Moody, pastor at the Pittsfield Church of Christ, has worn many different hats in his parish. Most recently, he is donning a farmer's cap, thanks in part to a decision that he and his parishioners made two years ago to make it their mission to nourish the people of Berkshire County from the inside out. 

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The fight of her life

Jessica Lemon doesn't have the typical demeanor of what one would call a fighter. A gentle face and even gentler voice belie a core that is caring, spiritual, maybe even somewhat timid. That is until she tells her story. 

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A LIFELINE FOR STUDENTs

On a cold December morning, Erin Curry debated whether or not she should go to work. Having never called in sick, she was feeling less than stellar that day, but decided to muscle through. It was a good thing she did. 

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All the World’s a Stage at The Hudson Opera House

From string quartets and chess clubs, to astronomy lectures and improv workshops, there is never a dull moment at this community arts hub.

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SECOND CHANCES

The handwritten letter says it all. A young father with five children wants to go to college for carpentry so that he can "get a rell job and take cair of my kids and soon to be wife."

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