- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Things were looking bleak for Dan and Robin Kehoe and their nine children after a December fire destroyed their home in the southern Vermont town of Whitingham.

But then the community rallied around them, public agencies stepped up, and now the Kehoes have a new home in neighboring Wilmington.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (bit.ly/1HDhadP) that the Kehoes were able to raise a down payment thanks to a program administered by Southeastern Vermont Community Action that offers matching funds for small savings accounts gathered by people with incomes below twice the federal poverty level.

The Windham and Windsor Housing Trust helped the couple plan their next moves. And community members responded to multiple fundraisers. Dan Kehoe says he’s been in “pure amazement” at the response.

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