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
Enrichment Nights spark curiosity & inspire

Enrichment Nights spark curiosity & inspire

Month after month, Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) in So. Burlington, Vt., holds Enrichment Nights, organized by Vermont Works for Women, where motivational guest speakers are invited to share their stories of overcoming barriers and finding success in work and life with the incarcerated women. Read More
Where are they now? Danielle Bombardier’s story

Where are they now? Danielle Bombardier’s story

Danielle Bombardier, 29, of Grand Isle, is in her fifth and final year of apprenticeship to become an electrician. A member of IBEW, she currently works as a contractor for Sherwin Electric Company in Essex Junction. This June, Bombardier will sit for the licensing exam – five years after she completed VWW’s Step Up to Green Electrical and Plumbing program in 2011. Read More
Breaking into Corrections – Cathy Chamberland’s story

Breaking into Corrections – Cathy Chamberland’s story

Cathy Chamberland was our very first applicant for the Step Up to Law Enforcement program this year. Her story is a familiar one. She is bright, energetic, strong and determined. Yet, despite her best efforts, her aspirations to go into law enforcement were thwarted as her life took unexpected twists and turns. Read More
From FRESH Food to Sweet Clover – Anne Cooch’s story

From FRESH Food to Sweet Clover – Anne Cooch’s story

Anne Cooch, 26, of Burlington, Vt., graduated from the FRESH Food culinary training program in the summer of 2013. For the past year she worked as a prep cook at Sweet Clover Market in Essex, Vt. She was recently promoted to the position of prepared foods chef. Read More