Home At Last buys inexpensive mobile homes in established parks. We renovate, furnish, and equip them with the basic necessities. This small program succeeds because we offer a real home and community as way to regain dignity and a new, productive and stable life. We do not have an overhead operating budget; all administration of our program is by our highly committed and qualified volunteer Board of Directors, many of whom are veterans. All the undesignated donations and funding we receive goes directly to programming and helping homeless vets.
Our Board of Directors
- Tom Appel, Chair
Tom Appel has owned and operated New England Management Company for 30 years. His work includes working with companies, non-profits and governments to manage building projects. Originally from Michigan, Tom taught in Australia for three years and worked for Hyatt Hotels for seven. Tom and his wife Teri moved to Brattleboro in 1986 have raised their two daughters here. He joined the Home at Last Board in 2010 and has served as Chair for 4 years.
- Kate Harty, Vice-Chair
Kate Harty is a retired nurse who received her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Thirty years of Kate’s working experience was with the Department of Veterans Affairs serving and caring for our nations Veterans. Twenty-six of those years were at VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont in various progressive leadership roles of Associate Chief Nurse, Chief Nurse and Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services.
- Lisa Lofting, Treasurer /Secretary
Lisa was born in Vermont and joined the Air Force in 1991. She met her future husband while stationed in Korea, then moved back to Vermont when he retired. Lisa tarted volunteering with Home At Last in 2012. She is currently involved with the Brattleboro VFW as the Quartermaster and Event Coordinator.
- Thomas Costello
Tom has practiced law in Vermont for over thirty-five years, representing clients in a wide variety of civil, criminal and family litigation. In addition to his legal work, Tom is active in the community and has served on the boards of the American Legion, Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity and the Morningside Emergency Shelter. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam conflict, earning a bronze star and a purple heart. Tom enjoys spending time with his two children and grandchild, following the RedSox, and reading.
- Jack Davidson
Jack is president of Trust Company of Vermont and a member of the Vermont Bar.
- Christopher Day
Chris joined the army after graduating from Brattleboro Union High School. After four years of active duty he attended University of Vermont and joined the Vermont National Guard. On his second deployment he was a company commander in Kabul and saw first hand the effects of deployments on soldiers. This experience inspired him to become an advocate for veterans. He earned his teaching certificate in social studies and taught at Brattleboro Area Middle school for ten years. He then went on the earn a Masters degree at Keene State College and has been an assistant principal at BUHS for 6 years. For many years at BUHS he led the Students Supporting Veterans, a group of students who educate fellow students on the issue of homeless veterans and fundraise for HAL. Chris is also an officer with the Brattleboro Legion Post 5. He lives in Brattleboro with his wife and three daughters.
- Tim Kipp
Tim is a resident of Brattleboro, retired US history teacher, and political activist since the Civil Rights Movement of the1960s.
- Scott Lofting
Scott was born in Miami, Florida and moved to North Carolina. He joined the Air Force and retired after 21 years, moving to Vermont after retiring. Scott volunteers at the Brattleboro VFW and for Home At Last. He also volunteers to drive the DAV van out of Brattleboro.
- Bob Lyons
Bob Lyons is a residential and commercial property manager in southern Vermont for over 15 years. He manages the Hooker Dunham building, one of the largest mixed residential and commercial properties in Brattleboro, along with many homes in the area. Bob served on the board of the Brattleboro Food Co-op. In addition, Bob volunteered on the new building committee for the Brattleboro Music School. Previously he sat on the board of the WCSU (Windham Central Supervisory Union), the Workers Council of the Northeast Cooperative and an active member of Home at Last for over 7 years.