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New Culinary Program begins at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

New Culinary Program begins at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

By Heather Newcomb, Program Manager On September 27, Vermont Works for Women started a new program at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), training incarcerated women in culinary skills, combining hands-on skills with classroom curriculum. During the new 12-week pilot course, trainees will focus on basic skills in institutional style cooking, preparing them to work in… Read More
VWW brings Rosie’s Girls summer camp to six communities in 2021

VWW brings Rosie’s Girls summer camp to six communities in 2021

By Caelan Keenan and Marla Goldstein, VWW’s Youth Team And that’s a wrap! Our Rosie’s Girls summer camp, which could only be described as a traveling roadshow, finished up in Swanton on August 20th. With two packed cars and their iconic blue t-shirts, Caelan and Marla made their way around… Read More
News from Rosie’s Girls 2021 Camps!

News from Rosie’s Girls 2021 Camps!

Rosie’s Girls Camp is underway for the summer! It is so exciting to be back, offering in-person camps for middle school girls, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth.  This week, VWW is leading Rosie’s Girls in Essex, our third week of camp this month. Community partners have already hosted camp… Read More
Renovations underway on Career Resource Center at VT Women’s Prison

Renovations underway on Career Resource Center at VT Women’s Prison

By Heather Newcomb, VWW Program Manager Renovations have begun on a new career resource center at Vermont’s only prison for women, Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). Once the center is fully operational, all programming about career exploration, work-readiness, vocational trainings, and re-entry employment planning will be delivered in a single… Read More
Working to Improve Employment Outcomes for Justice-Involved Women

Working to Improve Employment Outcomes for Justice-Involved Women

By Heather Newcomb, Program Manager Vermont Works for Women’s Reentry Services support women transitioning out of incarceration, so they can successfully integrate with their community, gain employment, and thrive. We work directly with women as they plan for their release from Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), meet them upon their… Read More
Exploring the Trades through Virtual Job Shadows

Exploring the Trades through Virtual Job Shadows

By Alison Spasyk, AmeriCorps VISTA member Throughout the winter and early spring, Vermont Works for Women organized a series of virtual job shadow events to highlight careers in the trades and other non-traditional fields for women. Each event featured a local company or employer, and a live tour or pre-recorded… Read More
Community Re-entry Services for Justice-Involved Women 2020 Report

Community Re-entry Services for Justice-Involved Women 2020 Report

$196,000 of CARES Act funds employment and support services; sustained state funding needed for ongoing successful reintegration Being unemployed is one of the top predictors of recidivism. And yet women leave incarceration without a state-issued ID, a reference from their job in the facility and the necessary executive… Read More
Empower Women and Girls Today

Empower Women and Girls Today

To our community: Our VWW team includes 14 women, 12 children, 26 pets, and 5 counties. Our hours are unpredictable, our meetings are mostly on screens from kitchen tables and makeshift office spaces, and our laundry is at our feet – yet our organization is needed more than ever. Read More