Nearly one-third of all women who are single parents in Vermont live in poverty – in spite of the fact that they work full-time. Our programs for women are designed with one central aim in mind: to assist women in thinking about their lives in the broadest terms – and to help them develop skills and capacities that are critical to long-term economic independence.
When a mother finds work after years of unemployment, she can more ably provide for her children. If she is able to leave public assistance, she no longer requires state support. Moreover, she pays taxes. Her example may inspire her children, her sister, a friend. It may enable her to leave a dangerous relationship. Her success at work may encourage an employer to take a chance on someone else with a similarly unimpressive work history. Thus, addressing the needs of families in poverty requires helping women and girls explore and pursue work that allow for economic independence.