Who needs Black Friday when you have the CAFC Thrift Shop?

For three days, Thursday, November 15, 10-4, Friday, November 16, 10-4, and Saturday, November 17, 10-3 the Chester Andover Family Center Thrift Shop will hold its first ever “Everything in the shop Half Price Sale”. Our loyal customers and first time shoppers do not have to wait for Black Friday for bargains.

We will be restocking racks and shelves daily, so plan to shop every day during this sale.

When you shop with us you are helping us provide nutritional food for our Food Shelf recipients and supporting our ability to provide financial assistance for individuals and families who may need help keeping the heat on. Proceeds from this sale will help us meet our mission; “to make a difference in our community by providing resources for Financial Assistance, nutritional food, affordable clothing and housewares.”

The CAFC Thrift Shop is located at 302 RT 103S in Chester. We are the yellow building with the Green Roof.

Free Rage initiates”Eat it Up” Community Service Event to benefit the Chester Andover Family Center

On Thursday, October 25, Jason Tostrup, owner/chef of the Free Range Restaurant in Chester, launched his “Eat It Up” community service initiative. Chef Jason’s goal is to partner with local organizations that serve the community and provide a percentage of an evening’s restaurant proceeds to support the work of the organization. The Chester-Andover Family Center was honored to be the first recipient of this community initiative. Thursday evening found an overflow crowd either already enjoying a delicious dinner or waiting to be seated. Chef Jason provided complimentary hors’dourves that made the wait enjoyable. Diners could also check out information about how the Family Center serves the community. The Family Center is grateful to Chef Jason for this wonderful opportunity to spread the word about our work and for the monetary contribution that will allow us to continue to meet the needs of Chester-Andover residents struggling to make ends meet.

Celebrating our CAFC Volunteers!

Thank you for making the Family Center a special place and an important part of our community. 


Please join us for Pancakes, 

Friends and Fun, 

         Monday, November 5, 2018             

First Congregational Church, Main Street, Chester, Vt.

We will be serving pancakes 

between 9 and 10:30 AM

Stop in and enjoy a delicious 

Pancake Breakfast

Please RSVP to: stephaniemahoney6@gmail.com

Christmas Under The Tent

Saturday, October 6th

Columbus Day Weekend

10am – 3pm

The Family Center is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. In addition to our Thrift Store and Food Shelf, we provide heating and electricity financial assistance for residents struggling to make ends meet. Shopping with us on October 6, will help us raise funds to support CAFC programs that contribute to the well-being of our community.
Please join us under the tent at the CAFC for this fun and important event

Hot Dog Cook-Off Thank You

The Chester-Andover Family Center would like to acknowledge and thank all the local businesses who support our community by donating Silent Auction Items. Your donation helped the Family Center raise needed funds to purchase food for our Food Shelf and provide financial assistance for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.

The 2018 Hot Dog Cook-Off was a great success thanks to Francy and Sheldon, Stone Hearth Innkeepers and event hosts, the many volunteers and businesses that contributed Silent Auction Items and the community for their participation. Together, we make a difference.


103 Artisans Marketplace
103 Auto
Awakenings by Ruth
Barry Pinske
Bellows Falls Opera House
Blackrock Steakhouse
Bromley Mountain
Chester Bookworm
Chester Flowers/Village Children’s Shop
Chester Hardware
Cota & Cota
Country Girl Diner
Country on The Common
Country Treasures
Crow Hill Gallery
Crowley Cheese Company
D. Lasser Ceramics
DaVallia’s Art Boutique
Dollar General
Drew’s All Natural
Eclipz Salon & Spa
Ed Pell
Edgar May Health Center
Endless Creations Pottery
Erskine’s Grain & Supply
Fullerton Inn
Gallery at The Vault
Grafton Inn
Hannah Parker Massage
HB Energy
Heritage Deli
Inn Victoria
Inn at Weathersfield
Inn at Weston
Jamie Townsend, Illustrator
Susan Langley
Lee Whiting, Deep River Snacks
Lisai’s Market

Lotus Moon
Made to Move Pilates
Magic Mountain
Meditrina Wine & Cheese
Melody Reed
Misty Valley Phoenix Books
Okemo Mountain
Palmer Goodrich
Rockingham Veterinary Clinic
Rose Arbour Inn
Sage Jewelry
Salon 2000
Sama Yoga
Seventh Heaven Salon & Spa
Six Loose Ladies
Smokeshire Designs
Southern Pie Company
Springfield Cinema
Stonehearth Inn and Tavern
Sunshine Acres
Tater Hill Golf Club
The Framery
The Free Range
The Killarney
Tina’s Hallmark
Tsuga Studios
Vianor Auto
Vermont Cannoli
Vermont Country Store
Vermont Fresh Pasta
Vermont T’s
Willow Farm
Woodbury Florist

Free Drawing for Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

The Chester Andover Family Center is sponsoring a Free Drawing for Backpacks filled with School Supplies. Stop in to the Thrift Shop during business hours Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 25th to sign up for the drawing. No purchase is necessary.  We will notify the lucky winners at the end of the day, Saturday, August 25th.

Thrift shop hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-3.

Stone Hearth Inn 7th Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off

On Sunday afternoon, August 12th, the Stone Hearth Inn will host the Seventh Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off.

This family friendly community fundraiser benefits the Chester-Andover Family Center and local youth athletic organizations. The event takes place from 1-4 and features music, prizes and the famous Chester-Andover Family Center Silent Auction and Basket Raffle. The best part, however, is the rivalry among the “hot dog “chefs. Eleven chefs have entered the competition and will be cooking “dogs” during the Cook-Off.

The price of admission entitles you to all the hotdogs you can eat and a chance to vote for your favorite dog! Last year, Billy won the “Best Dog in Show” with his spectacular New Orleans style “Big Easy”. Will he retain his title? Join us at the Stone Hearth Inn from 1-4 on Sunday, August 12 and vote for your favorite dog. Admission is $20 for a family, $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Your participation will support the Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf and Financial Assistance program helping local residents struggling to make ends meet and provides funding  for local youth athletic programs.

The Stone Hearth is located at 698 VT RT 11W in Chester. Call the Stone Hearth at 802-875-2525 or the Family Center, CAFC, at 802-875 3236 for additional information.

CAFC Raffle Basket – Valued at over $200 – Six will be raffled off at the Cook-Off
Billy, the 2017 Cook Off Champ with his “Big Easy”
Photo Courtesy of the Chester Telegraph

New Look at the Thrift Shop

Have you shopped with us lately?

Chester Andover Family Center volunteers have been working on new merchandise displays to make it easier for shoppers to find what they need. We have an inventory process that allows us to continually make room for new donations and we are very mindful about having a great selection of seasonal merchandise available at all times.  Our new, uncluttered, clean look serves two important purposes; easier access for customers to our merchandise and easier access for volunteers to dust and sweep.

When you need apparel for your vacation or special occasion, stop in and take a look. When you need a household item for your kitchen or camp, you should check us out. Trying to keep the children busy this summer? We have a large assortment of books, puzzles and games.

Remember that when you make a purchase at the Thrift Shop, you are helping us purchase food for our Food Shelf, keep the lights on and provide financial assistance to residents of Chester and Andover struggling to make ends meet.

We have wide variety of men’s shorts and summer shirts.
Check out women’s bathing suits, wraps, hats and summer dresses.


The CAFC Thrift Shop is open Thursday and Friday from 10-4 and Saturday, 10-3.


New Leadership at the CAFC

New slate of officers to lead the CAFC for 2018-19:
President- Stephanie Mahoney
Vice-President-Kris Winnicki
Secretary- Georgia Ethier
Treasurer- Mariette Bock
Assistant Treasurer-Suellen Slater

New Thrift Shop Management Team:
Ginger Roper
Mariette Bock
Kris Winnicki
The Thrift Shop does not anticipate major changes at this time and will maintain regular hours of operation: Thursdays and Fridays from 10-4, and Saturdays from 10-3.

Stone Hearth Hot Dog Cook Off Fundraiser
Sunday –  August 12, from 1-4

This is a  community fundraiser to benefit the Family Center and the Chester Recreation Department. Please save the date and join us at the Stone Hearth for music, games, the famous CAFC Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle and all the hot dogs you can eat.  Last year’s Cook-Off Champion, Billy Bob, served up the “Big Easy”, his New Orleans version of what a hot dog should be.  Will he retain his title?