- Courtesy of Turning Point Center
- A mock-up of what the mural will look like when completed, and the beginning stages of the mural on August 1
A new mural-in-progress on the corner of King Street and South Winooski Avenue will include themes of housing, community and hope for people recovering from addiction. Turning Point Center of Chittenden County
recently purchased the building from the Champlain Housing Trust
The Turning Point Center provides a space and support for substance abuse recovery groups to meet and hold activities. According to its executive director, Gary De Carolis, the center officially purchased the building
at 179 South Winooski Ave. on Tuesday. The center has occupied the space since December
, after spending four months renovating the office building into larger spaces suitable for groups. It's roughly 60 percent bigger than the center's previous home on Bank Street.
The building is also home to Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington, Migrant Justice, the Vermont Workers' Center and 350Vermont, whose signs were targeted by a white supremacist group
The mural celebrates the Turning Point Center and the housing trust's shared missions and the housing trust's 35th anniversary. It was important to both organizations that the new mural include housing-related imagery, De Carolis said.
"Housing, work and dealing with trauma are the three biggest issues people face moving into recovery," he said.
The mural will also feature butterflies, to symbolize transformation, and hand-holding and community activities to show that "recovery is not a lonely pursuit," De Carolis noted.
Staff and visitors at the center voted on four submitted mural proposals. The winner was Tara Goreau
. She has painted several well-known murals around Burlington and Vermont, including at City Market/Onion River Co-op's downtown and South End stores, and the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
De Carolis said the mural should take about a month to complete. On August 16, the center will hold a volunteer day for people who want to contribute to the artwork. Those interested can find more information on Facebook
Correction August 1, 2019: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of the Champlain Housing Trust.