Stories of Mercy Connections
The Mercy Connections way is to create space for all to be seen, heard, valued, and connected within a community of people who uplift one another. Each person's experience is unique. Here are a few stories from people in this community.
U.S. Citizenship Participant
Jidapa grew up in Thailand and taught herself to read English by the age of 11. Years later, she moved to Vermont and studied hard with her tutor to pass the U.S. citizenship exam. She shows her love for everyone around her by cooking Thai food.
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."
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."
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."
New U.S. citizen & graduate
"Mercy Connections has given a lot of refugees and immigrants the opportunity to pursue their dreams in life."
Mercy Connections taught me to give back
“It may not be at a fast pace, but I’m inspired to keep moving forward.”