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
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
Vermont Runs for Women – Missy Mackin

Vermont Runs for Women – Missy Mackin

Twelve years ago, I hung up my Reeboks. The pain of plantar fasciitis (“runner’s heel”) had become so severe that I finally had to give up the sport I loved since I was 14.  The years passed, and I got used to not running—but I still missed it every day. Read More
Sprouting Skills – Missy Mackin

Sprouting Skills – Missy Mackin

Tammie enrolled in Step In to Work in November of 2017 after three years of juggling childcare, transportation issues, and housing insecurity. Working a temporary job in an auto repair shop inspired Tammie to put in the time and effort needed to pursue an automotive career that would allow her to support her family. Read More
The X-Ray Challenge – Shannon Esrich

The X-Ray Challenge – Shannon Esrich

Do you remember the last compliment you received? What about the last one you gave? Sincere compliments about appearance – “Nice shirt!” “Love your earrings!” – can be quick mood boosters, but what would happen if you tried focusing only on inner qualities when admiring someone? Read More