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
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
Nicole’s Resolution

Nicole’s Resolution

Nicole is an energetic, highly driven mother of three who came to Vermont Works for Women in July of 2016. Prior to starting the Step In to Work program at Vermont Works for Women, Nicole described herself as feeling, “unsure…my choice of career did not go with my job history or experience.” Nicole’s work experience had mainly consisted of fast food and cleaning, but she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in psychology. Nicole entered Step In to Work with the hope that the program would equip her with the confidence and skills to explore her larger career goals. Read More
New Year, New Opportunity – Heather Newcomb

New Year, New Opportunity – Heather Newcomb

After more than a year of planning, Vermont Works for Women in partnership with Salvation Farms are excited to announce a new skills based, hands-on training program called Step In to Work / Vermont Commodities Program (SITW/VCP). Read More
On a Peruvian Path

On a Peruvian Path

Peru isn’t the most obvious spot for entrepreneurship in Latin America, especially for women. Neighboring economic ecosystems like Chile, Colombia, and Brazil cast shadows over Peru’s entrepreneurial efforts. With a technology infrastructure still in its infancy and an economy highly dependent on raw materials, Peruvians living outside of Lima have limited options for employment. However, one woman is on a path to change that story. Read More
Thankfulness

Thankfulness

November is a time to celebrate the harvest and the bounty and to be thankful for blessings received.  It’s a time of reflection about the year past and anticipation of the year yet to come.  And it is a moment where we are enriched by the friends and family that we keep near.  The Thanksgiving namesake, dovetails two ideas of utter simplicity and power... Read More