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Re-Entry Transition and Employment Support

Vermont Works for Women provides employment and career services, and transition support for women after they are released from Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility and back in their communities or for women with a history of involvement with the justice system.

VWW Program Manager Heather Newcomb provides services to women released and living in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. Our new, temporary Regional Re-Entry Support Specialists Susan Lyons and Lacey Beetham provide services in Rutland and Windham Counties respectively.

VWW staff support women to launch their career plan (made while incarcerated), problem solve barriers through continued one-on-one coaching, develop skills for their job search, and build a network of people and resources for future success.

Skill development includes looking for jobs/attending job fairs, writing and submitting resumes and cover letters, and interviewing for a job. VWW also supports women with appropriate work wear and items they may need to obtain a job, such as work boots for a job in the trades.

Several VWW staff are certified financial coaches and teach women future-oriented money management, such as finding a job with benefits and saving money for future educational opportunities or retirement.

VWW staff also focus on helping the women build and leverage a network of support. We ensure our clients are aware of available community resources and services (such as housing, family reunification services, food supports, and mental health, recovery and health and fitness services) and understand how to access them. VWW has found the shift from case management to a coaching framework teaches clients to resolve their own problems and support themselves in the future.

I just celebrated 23 months clean and sober. I have an amazing full-time job that I am in love with. I have a bank account and a savings account. Dental and health insurance. I’ve finally taken the IDRP driving course and am weeks away from getting my drivers license back for the first time in 10 years.

I am in such a good place emotionally and mentally, spiritually, and beyond humble and grateful... I have goals and dreams and not every single day is perfect, and not every single day is my favorite, but they’re mine, and I’m okay with accepting them as they come...

Thank you for being there for me when I couldn’t even be there for myself. Thank you for your consistency and selflessness, for the love, respect, wisdom and understanding, your vulnerability and truth. Thank you for seeing me, when everyone else saw through me.

 Justice-Involved Woman, in a recent email to VWW Program Manager Heather Newcomb