Unconstrained by Conventional Ideas

Unconstrained by Conventional Ideas

This is a testament to the soundness of the original mission—programs for women and girls that would provide real-world skills leading to better-paying jobs, and, through them, independence and a stronger sense of self. Read More
Bouncing Off the Walls

Bouncing Off the Walls

Britney agreed to let us share this piece of her story as it provides a valuable context for understanding the role that our programs can have in fostering independence during periods of transition in young women’s lives. We hope that Britney's story will help deepen your knowledge of our work, and why your support matters. Read More
MOTIVATED & EMPOWERED – TAYLOR’S STORY

MOTIVATED & EMPOWERED – TAYLOR’S STORY

Taylor on the job at ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center tending to her newest assignment, the butterfly exhibit. After earning her diploma, Taylor Cassidy enrolled in Vermont Works for Women’s Step In to Work program. Taylor felt that Step In to Work would be a good fit to… Read More
Sophia Robins

Sophia Robins

I learned from Rosie’s Girls that it’s not how you look on the outside. X-ray vision is knowing someone on the inside. I use x-ray vision in school and in life; I just look at how they’re good at things. Read More
Confident & happy – Crystal’s story

Confident & happy – Crystal’s story

Crystal entered Step In to Work with the hope that the program would equip her with the confidence and perspective she felt she lacked in her career thus far. Through engaging primarily with the Build Your Skills portion of the curriculum, in just four weeks Crystal was able to see how the program could be a catalyst for change in both her professional and personal life. Read More
Working Woman Wednesday – Linda Bassick

Working Woman Wednesday – Linda Bassick

"I love to communicate with these kids and show them that I understand what they're trying to say, even if they may only have a few words. It encourages them to speak more and express themselves, and it develops these great little people." Read More
Food truck dreams: Stacey’s story

Food truck dreams: Stacey’s story

Stacey Clarke, 47, of Burlington, Vt., recently completed the first step towards her dream of owning her own food truck. In May, she graduated from FRESH Food a 13-week culinary training program and social enterprise of Vermont Works for Women. “Before FRESH, I was sitting at home, not talking to anyone; it… Read More
Freedom and Food – Adehi’s story

Freedom and Food – Adehi’s story

Adehi Luhizo, 24, of Burlington, Vt., graduated from the FRESH Food culinary training program in March 2016. Born in Somalia and originally from Kenya, Adehi came to the United States in 2005. She started high school in Buffalo, New York, where she began to learn and speak English. In 2011, Adehi briefly put her education on pause and moved to Vermont where she enrolled in a program at Winooski High School that helped pregnant students through school. Read More