As the Sawdust Settles

As the Sawdust Settles

By: Shannon Esrich Rosie’s Girls Camp Coordinator at Vermont Works for Women As the last metal sculpture began to cool in late August, it became official – the 2018 Rosie’s Girls camp season had come to a close! A whirlwind of buzzing saws, whirring sanders, and sparking plasma cutters… Read More
Grit: Courage, Resolve, Strength of Character

Grit: Courage, Resolve, Strength of Character

Every day, Vermont Works for Women staff and the girls and women we work with wear their grit on their sleeve, and it is an inspiration! It’s been an especially “gritty” spring and summer as we celebrated the recent graduation of eight women from our Step In To Work program and five women from our pilot training partnership with Salvations Farms, Read More
20 Years of Women Can Do

20 Years of Women Can Do

Vermont Works for Women’s flagship event, Women Can Do, celebrates its 20th anniversary this October 11th! Therefore, it was timely and unique that we had the opportunity to... Read More
In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

The graduation I attended earlier this summer was a modest one. Five is a small class. There was no music and no caps and gowns. Speeches were short and, yet, pitch-perfect as instructors described in the most precise terms what each participant brought with her to the program and what new skills she had mastered... Read More
I’m worth something: Sarah’s Story by Jackelyn Hoy

I’m worth something: Sarah’s Story by Jackelyn Hoy

“I worked in human services for most of my life,” begins Sarah, Step In To Work (SITW) participant at Vermont Works for Women (VWW). “I was a case manager for young people. I worked for Spectrum, I opened a group home of my own, I was a foster parent, I… Read More
Going the Distance – Rachel Kauppila

Going the Distance – Rachel Kauppila

You may have heard that VWW ran the Vermont City Marathon – and you heard right! On Sunday, May 28, our 5-person relay team completed the 26.2 miles in 4 hours 10 minutes. Everyone ran faster than anticipated and, more importantly, we all had fun! Read More
The Power of Words – Summer Colley

The Power of Words – Summer Colley

The evening commenced with Liz Mariani sharing this simple yet robust poem to the incarcerated women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). Mariani, a poet and spoken word artist, is passionate about her belief in and practice of the idea that words are medicine and poetry can be... Read More