Ashley Messier with her oldest daughter - JAMES BUCK

We are grateful to Ashley for sharing her incredible story in the Seven Days “Hooked” series.

We at Mercy Connections first met Ashley when she was incarcerated and became a mentee in our mentoring program.

Her journey is similar to other Mercy Connections’ participants. The intersection of poverty, substance-use disorders, and incarceration disrupts lives and families.

Ashley, now a leading social justice advocate and trained mentor, attributes her recovery to “[A] few people who saw that I still had worth and value in this world.”

To learn more about the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program and how you too can make a difference in the life of a woman transitioning out of incarceration, please contact Joanne Nelson at or (802) 846-7164.