Deep community impact

As an educational and social justice organization, Mercy Connections empowers people to make significant life changes. It is a place to learn, grow, heal, and build community. Everyone—participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors, alike—is a critical piece of our symbiotic mix. When all the pieces come together, we can all be the best we can be. 

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30 businesses launched

This year, 30 new businesses were launched in Vermont. This is an increase from 11 businesses the year prior.

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1,682 meals and essentials provided

Healthy and fresh food are offered to participants, along with other essentials, each week.

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9,135 hours of service

179 volunteers contributed more than 9,135 volunteer hours.

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99 programs delivered

We continued to meet the needs with a variety of programs this past year.

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100% gained connection

Every one of our program participants reported increased feelings of hope, connection or belonging.

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98% made progress

Participants made progress toward their academic and life goals.

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2023 Gratitude & Impact Report

At Mercy Connections, we bring people together to nurture connections and build networks which offer participants, volunteers, and other partners a rewarding opportunity for personal growth. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Summer 2024 Programs

Programs are FREE for all adults. Register today!

Classes kick off in July and run through August.

Head to each program section of our website for further information, or download the program guide by clicking below. We hope to see you this summer!

See Program Guide

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Our Stories

Read stories from our participants that describe the impact of Mercy Connections.

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U.S. Citizenship Participant


Jidapa has been a student at Mercy Connections since 2022, enrolled in the U.S. Citizenship Preparation Tutoring program. After a year and a half of studying, she took and passed the U.S. Citizenship Test in 2024.

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Becoming a Leader


"I cannot wait to start helping others like they have helped me. Mercy Connections has been such a positive support system in my life and to my sobriety."

Marie Teme
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Opening doors for entrepreneurs


"Mercy Connections, to me, was an open door to the Burlington and Vermont community. I want to be an inspiration to those who face difficulties in life. No matter what YOU are going through, you can use your story to inspire others."

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I became my own best advocate through Mercy Connections


"I’ve been going to Mercy Connections for six years, and there I have a loving supporting community. There’s the family you are born into and the family you make."