LISTEN was incorporated in the winter of 1972. The original purpose of the agency was to: “…involve the low-income citizens of Lebanon and surrounding areas in programs which will improve their ability to meet the economic, cultural, social and environmental needs of their families…”
For more than 30 years, the LISTEN Thrift Stores have made essential programs possible for countless Upper Valley residents. The stores offer huge selections at great values. Everyone is welcome to shop. Quality items are sold well below market prices and the revenues generated support LISTEN’s Community Services and Programs.
Our grassroots non-profit has grown along with the region; adding programs like Community Dinners, Summer Camp Scholarships and “Heating Helpers,” to meet emerging needs. The Board recently voted to change the public name from Lebanon In Service To Each Neighbor (LISTEN) to LISTEN Community Services. We also added Fairlee, West Fairlee, Bethel, Royalton, and Woodstock, VT to our service area. LISTEN has helped people in these communities for years. We are now publicly acknowledging that fact and we are officially serving the same area as the Upper Valley United Way.
As we prepare for the future, we have developed the River Point property in White River Junction. Our new facility, completed in July of 2013, allows for increased revenues from our Thrift Stores, a LISTEN owned Community Dinner Site to include a commercial kitchen and a home for LISTEN’s Teen Center, “The Junction”. This project will serve the Upper Valley for many years to come.