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Programs and Services at CRCF

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) provides employment and career services to women incarcerated at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) in South Burlington, VT through a contract with the Vermont Department of Corrections.

VWW supports women to successfully integrate back into their community and find employment post release. We offer services and programming in a variety of formats and provide coaching targeted for the specific needs and goals of each client.

Group Programming

VWW staff leads group trainings around building executive functions – interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, planning and prioritizing, time management - and making SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time-based) goals.

We also invite female and gender non-conforming professionals from the community to visit the women in the facility and discuss their career fields, providing the women with an opportunity to learn more about employment options in Vermont. Past presentations have included tips for starting a small business, networking and interviewing techniques, and other essential employment skills. Presenters often share their personal journeys to careers, highlighting techniques they used to overcome challenges along the way. VWW offers this programming to inspire and encourage women to consider varied career paths and to grow appreciation for the transformative value of work.

Individual Coaching

VWW staff also provide one-on-one coaching. Coaching meetings can be exploratory if the client is unsure of what they want to do for a job and/or if they have specific barriers to getting certain jobs. If the client is soon to be released from CRCF, VWW staff will focus on developing a concrete step-by-step plan for post-release. The plan is targeted for each client based on their specific needs, release locations, any barriers they may have, and career goals. Clients can then use their individual plans to help them integrate into their community and find employment.

Culinary training 

On September 27, 2021 VWW started a new culinary training program, 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 health centers, college campuses and other high-volume cafeterias. The women are very excited to participate in this new program and are eager to gain the skills to work in the culinary industry and expand their employment opportunities following their release.