What’s Best for the Children of Vermonters With Opioid-Use Disorder?

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…

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WOMEN MAKING CHANGE Event Signature Sponsor – C2!

Mercy Connections Celebrates Entrepreneurship with Women Making Change Event In recognition of 30 years of championing women entrepreneurs, Mercy Connections’ Women’s Small Business Program (WSBP) will host Women Making Change, an evening dedicated to the women entrepreneurs making positive change in our community. This event will take place on October 1st at ECHO, Leahy Center…

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Mercy Connections honors Theresa Alberghini DiPalma at May Luncheon

photo of Theresa Alberghini DiPalma

Mercy Connections is honoring Theresa Alberghini DiPalma, Senior Vice President for External Relations at the University of Vermont Health Network, as this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley Award. Each year the Board of Directors selects a person for this high honor who exemplifies compassionate service, leadership and commitment to building a just community. The…

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Mercy Connections Board of Directors welcomes new members

Headshot collage of Amit Lodha (top left), Subha Luck (center foreground), and Leandre Waldo (top right)

Dawn Ellinwood, Chair of the Mercy Connections board, announces three new board members:  Amit Lodha, Subha Luck, and Leandre Waldo. We are grateful for this talented and diverse group of individuals who will have great impact on our work and mission individually and collectively as they join our existing board. “The Mercy Connections Board of…

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Mercy Connections to host 6th Annual Jazz Jam

Band performing on stage

Mercy Connections is excited to announce that their 6th Annual Jazz Jam will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 7-10 pm at Champlain College. The Annual Jazz Jam for Mercy Connections is an opportunity for the community to enjoy smooth jazz tunes performed by acclaimed local artists while supporting the mission of Mercy…

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Mercy Connections names Falcone next Executive Director

Lisa Falcone

John Bossange, Chair of the Mercy Connections Board of Directors, announced today that Lisa Falcone has been selected as the fourth Executive Director of Mercy Connections. In a statement to supporters, volunteers, and other members of the Board, Bossange said, “The Board of Directors engaged in an extensive search and met with several very qualified…

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Mercy Connections to honor Sara Byers at Annual May Luncheon

Sara Byers headshot

Mercy Connections is pleased to share that Sara Byers, President and Co-Owner of Leonardo’s Pizza, will be this year’s recipient of the Catherine McAuley award. Each year the Board of Directors selects a person who exemplifies mercy values and the example of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. The award will be bestowed…

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Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program training for new mentors at Mercy Connections

Nina and Pam posing

January is National Mentoring Month and Mercy Connections continues to partner with the Vermont Department of Corrections to mentor women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities back into the community. These women face significant barriers and mentors have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives. Our mentors…

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Mercy Connections Executive Director To Retire

John Bossange, Chair of the Mercy Connections Board of Directors, today announced that Dolly Fleming, the nonprofit’s Executive Director for the last seven years, will be retiring July 1 of this year.  In a statement to donors, volunteers, and other members of the Board, Bossange said, “Dolly is an outstanding Executive Director who represents the…

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Mercy Connections Women’s Small Business Program graduates class of entrepreneurs

Cycle 56 graduates posing with instructors and program director

On Sunday, December 10, 2017, thirteen women graduated from Mercy Connections Women’s Small Business Program’s (WSBP) class Start Up: Comprehensive Business Planning. Guest speaker, Dr. Janet Carscadden, PT, DPT, E-RYT, YACEP, owner of Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga in Burlington, Vt, encouraged the graduates with her own experiences as a WSBP graduate. “When I went…

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