Vermont Works for Women


Mercy Connections and Vermont Works for Women have partnered to create a mentoring program to support women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities to Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. These women face significant barriers in finding appropriate and affordable housing and employment, overcoming substance abuse and establishing healthy relationships – all key elements of successful reintegration. Mentors can have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives.

If you are a good listener, have an open mind and want to create a relationship with a woman returning to your community to help her make a fresh start, we invite you to contact us to find out more about serving as a volunteer mentor. We also need volunteers for short-term assistance such as helping with transportation.

Learn more about our mentoring program in the video below.

Upcoming trainings for prospective mentors: Come and learn about our program. Hear the stories of both mentors and mentees.
October 2, 16, 23, 30

February 5, 12, 19, 26
May 7, 14, 21, 28

Trainings are open to the public and occur on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Each training will be held at Mercy Connections’ new address:  255 So. Champlain Street, Suite 8, Burlington.  To register:,  or 846-7164.

For more information on the program, please contact Leigh Steele via email or call 655-8900, ext. 104.


In Chittenden County, the Mentoring Program is supported by the Vermont Department of Corrections.
In Franklin/Grand Isle Counties, the programming is supported by the Franklin Grand Isle United Way.

Contact Us

Vermont Works for Women

Winooski Office:
32A Malletts Bay Ave. Winooski, VT 05404
phone: 802.655.8900
fax: 802.655.8922

Barre Office:
105 North Main Street, Suite 211, Barre, VT 05641
phone: 802.622.0400

Toll Free Phone:

"I noticed a huge increase in confidence. She was excited and no longer fearful to try new things. This program is a huge confidence builder for young girls." - Parent or a Rosie's Girls participant

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