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Vermont Works for Women: Connecting Women and Girls to the Transformative Power of Work

By David T. Applegate, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

TJat Intervale 2014

The impacts of poverty are deeply felt across racial and gender divides – but there is no denying that poverty is a particularly important issue for women. The numbers don’t lie: there are nearly 18 million women living in poverty in the United States and women are twice as likely as men to retire into poverty.

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) was founded 27 years ago with the intent of bridging the gender gap in employment – particularly in traditionally male-dominated fields like carpentry, plumbing, and other trades. Over time, VWW’s mission has expanded and evolved to a broader focus of promoting economic independence for women and girls.

Recently, Rachel Jolly – director of women’s programs at VWW – took the time to talk with the National Initiatives team about the employment services provided by VWW to women and girls in Vermont. In our interview, we discussed VWW’s emphasis on meeting individual participants where they are at in their employment and educational needs and the importance to the economy of increasing and diversifying the career opportunities for women and girls.

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“A Beautiful Way to Live”: How One California Farm is Helping Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Rep. Sam Farr and HGP’s Executive Director, Darrie Ganzhorn, tour the Homeless Garden Project’s farm.

Inspired by the National Transitional Jobs Network’s (NTJN) Getting America Back to Work Campaign, the Homeless Garden Project (HGP) recently hosted an in-district site visit from Congressman Sam Farr, California (D), at its three-acre organic farm in Santa Cruz.  Given Congressman Farr’s commitment to protect California’s agricultural sector and strengthen resources for vulnerable populations, HGP’s farm was the ideal spot for Congressman Farr to spend a sunny—and busy!—afternoon learning more about Transitional Jobs (TJ) programs for individuals experiencing homelessness.

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Re-examining Reentry: Transitional Jobs as a Strategic Investment in Individuals, Families, and Communities

When it comes to employment, too many formerly incarcerated individuals find themselves out of a job.  It’s no secret that the United States has seen a recent explosion in its prison population—more than 2 million people in this country are incarcerated, and each year about 700,000 people are released from state prisons back into their communities.  Many of these returning citizens come home to urban neighborhoods with concentrated poverty and an array of social problems. And, as our brief about working with job seekers newly released from prison points out, these folks desperately need paid employment—many reentering individuals can’t afford such basics as clothing, medical treatment, housing, or even food.

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