Experience is Essential

“The thing I am most proud of is my personal growth. This experience has been life changing and will carry me far into a brighter future.”


Bridgit (shown above left with AmeriCorps Program Director Danielle Dubois) came to ReSOURCE in the fall of 2017 as a Reach Up participant hoping to gain office skills and work experience through our Office Administration program. As a single mom, she was facing daunting challenges, including a learning disability, no childcare support, and homelessness. It’s a lot for anyone to contend with, but Bridgit was determined to improve her life. After 10 months of training at ReSOURCE, she learned essential office skills, including typing, filing, Windows Office programs, phone, and office etiquette. To augment her training, Bridgit also joined a ReSOURCE AmeriCorps program part-time and through service-based learning with community service agencies, she saw other Vermonters struggling as well. She knew she wanted to not only better her life, but serve to lift up her community.


Equipped with her newly-honed skills and community experience, Bridgit chose to apply for a full time AmeriCorps position in the Every Body Works program, helping Vermont’s less fortunate by serving in ReSOURCE’s Essential Goods Program.


“I chose the Essential Goods Program assistant position based on a deep understanding of how important poverty relief in the community is,” says Bridgit. “I have gotten to meet and help people obtain vouchers for necessary items they could not have afforded on their own. I recently assisted a veteran in need of a washer. That interaction made a big difference to the quality of his life and I am proud to be part of that.”


With the support of Bridgit’s AmeriCorps service, 2019 is bringing great changes to the Essential Goods Program with Bridgit as an important part of that process, to not only make sure goals are met by providing input and aiding in valuable program assistance, but also that ReSOURCE is able to serve more Vermonters in need.


“As I reflect on my time here as whole, there were times I could have given up,” she says. “I could not overcome these challenges alone and with ReSOURCE’s support and flexibility, I have been and continue to be successful.

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What is Career Start?

Career Start is a program designed for high school students to gain hands-on experience and technical skills in various departments at ReSOURCE’s Burlington or Barre locations.

High school students enrolled in school are eligible to participate in the Career Start program.

The program provides hands-on experience in ReSOURCE departments, technical skills training, and monthly personal and professional development classes.

There is a fee of $1500, but tuition is waived for qualifying Vermonters.

Departments include Customer Service & Retail, Office Administration, Computers and Electronics, Overlook Cafe, and Large Appliances, among others.

Yes, students earn a monthly stipend

Training covers Health and Wellness, Goal Setting and Achievement, Leadership Development, Career Planning, and Financial Literacy.

Interested individuals should contact ReSOURCE’s Training and Development Manager, Susan Uthmann, for enrollment details.


Please contact:

Susan Uthmann
Training and Development Manager
[email protected]

Partner Agency List

Our partners help us to provide $125,000 worth of goods to over 2,000 individuals/families in Chittenden, Lamoille, and Washington Counties, and the greater Vermont area.

  • Addison Community Action/CVOEO
  • Age Well
  • Agency of Human Services- Field Services Burlington District
  • Burlington Community Justice Center
  • Burlington Housing Authority
  • Chittendent Community Action/CVOEO
  • Clarina Howard Nichols Center
  • Committee On Temporary Shelter
  • Essex Community Justice Center
  • Howard Center Community Support Program
  • Howard Center Developmental Services
  • Howard Center School Service Program
  • Lamoille Family Center
  • Milton Family Community Center
  • Pathways Vermont- Housing First Program
  • Pathways Vermont -services for veterans and families rapid rehousing program
  • Safe Harbor Clinic
  • Spectrum Youth and Family Services
  • Steps to End Domestic Violence
  • The Janet S. Munt Family Room
  • U.S. Committee for refugees and Immigrants
  • U.S. Committee for refugees and Immigrants
  • Vermont Cares
  • Vermont Catholic Charities
  • Vermont Foundation of Recovery


Become a Partner Agency

For interest in joining our program please email [email protected] to learn more about the next application cycle or any availability in become a new partner agency.

We make award decisions each December for the next calendar year and notify partners so our clients can request vouchers.

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