Anything You Want In The World

You can have it all
Anything you want you can make it yours
Anything you want in the world
Anything you want in the world

Nothing too big or small
Anything you want you can make it yours
Anything you want in the world
Anything you want in the world
-Shakira

So it’s finally official like and all that – I’m on staff permanently at Vermont Works for Women.  I’ll be getting to do a little bit of everything – office and systems support, IT troubleshooting and server maintenance, copy queen, chief plant waterer, website wizard and development demigoddess.

I am completely thrilled to have landed here. 

About four years ago I was first introduced to the work of Vermont Works for Women through Leadership Champlain.  Our small group had had a horrific start to the community project process and were about a month behind where we should have been.  We scrapped the original group, and started to look at what we would choose next.  Nothing excited us like that first one.  In the middle of the meeting,  Jason Williams called someone he knew from the Next Gen committee.  Suddenly we had Tiff Bluemle on speaker phone in our meeting, and the energy was palpable. 

The group was ready to rock and roll.  (Mostly…we did have a few more bumps to overcome along the way.).  None of us could have predicted what happened next.  What started as a simple check what’s out there in the US and collect us some best practices became a passion.  For some, bordering on obsession.  Soon we had an inventory of transitional jobs programs in many states across the US and a web of contacts that was stunning.  A business plan.  A logo.  A name for a program.  FRESH.  (Females Re Entering Society Holistically.)  We were on a tear. 

One thing lead to another and suddenly we had a 200 page document. 

All the way through we were meeting with incredible staff members, program participants and graduates, local allies and partners. 

I speak for myself when I say that I found a piece of passion I thought had long since passed and would not be found again.  With each passing day, there was more confidence, more presence, more drive. 

Fast forward three years and now I am working with that very team that so inspired me.  The transitional jobs program is no longer a dream or a thought on paper, but reality.  The FRESH concept, alive and well and training women in weatherization and solar tracker panel installation. 

It’s a FRESH start for me!

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