About Us


The Chester-Andover Family Center began as the Fred Pope Family Center in 1985 as a part of the Springfield Family Center.

In 1995, the Chester-based Board was organized and in June, Gertrude Bennett was appointed Director.

On January 1, 1996, the Fred Pope Family Center became the Chester-Andover Family Center, an independent, 501c3, nonprofit agency.

In November 2012, the Family Center moved to its current location at 908 Route 103 S.

The Thrift Shop expanded in size and hours of operation, providing affordable, quality clothing and household items. The income helps fund the two Assistance Programs and overhead expenses.

The Financial Assistance Program helps folks with utilities, rent and gas cards. Other requests may be considered.  Our Partnership with Neighborhood Connections provides a social worker to council folks regarding finances and resources.

The Food Shelf’s new, larger space on the ground floor enables it to offer an expanded choice of supplemental, nutritious food to its recipients. The Vermont Foodbank is a major source of food, support and training.   Donations of shelf-stable foods and fresh produce from businesses, growers and individuals are essential to our operation.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of CAFC. We have no paid staff.  Please join us!