The Justice and Mentoring Programs provide unique approaches and support for a wide range of individuals, primarily women who are in transition from any or all of the following situations:
- Treatment court
- Mental health services
Our primary region of service is in Chittenden County.
We collaborate with many local non-profits, courts and state government to successfully help improve women’s lives and strengthen our community. Mercy Connections has established over twenty partnerships with criminal justice stakeholders. Our staff offers workshops and trainings for community partners, and we advocate on justice issues.
Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program
Mercy Connections has partnered with the Vermont Department of Corrections to support women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities. These women face significant barriers in finding appropriate and affordable housing and employment, key elements of successful reintegration. Mentors can have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives.
Our mentors come from all walks of life. We provide a 5-week training program and ongoing support. We match mentors carefully to help ensure their experience will be successful. Our mentors often say the experience is rewarding and life changing – that they receive more from their mentees than they give.
We firmly believe that people can change their lives for the better and increase self-sufficiency. This happens in the presence of compassion, support, education and accountability.