Crystal C. – mentee

“What have I gained? Self-esteem, healthy friendships – I even had a book dedicated to me!”

When I was still incarcerated, I learned about Mercy Connections [Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program*]. After 5 ½ years of being mentored by Sharyl, I can say I’ve learned and grown a lot! She’s an amazing friend, and we encourage each other. Plus, I’ve had so many opportunities to grow by being part of the Mercy Connections community. I’ve taken classes, learned about resources in the Burlington area, and really worked on my self-esteem.

I was one of the speakers at the May Luncheon and told my story in front of 400 people. I grew from that, and one day a guy downtown said to me, “You’re Crystal. You spoke at the Mercy Connections May Luncheon.” But the biggest surprise was when my mentor, Sharyl’s, book was published. It was called You Can’t Lock Up the Moon and she dedicated it to me.

Mercy Connections has helped me find a balance in my life. I feel a sense of peace and joy.