"I will never forget the lessons you guys have taught me. They will be a part of me forever. You really make a difference in people's lives. You guys are my family.“ Cornucopia Participant
Economic Empowerment supports women with significant barriers to employment through our Cornucopia and Dolcetti programs.
Our Corncuopia program is a culinary arts job training program for women who experience barriers to employment. Learn more.
Dolcetti, our social enterprise offers another avenue for women to develop marketable skills. Learn more.
“When ‘Nancy’ visited Cornucopia for the first time she was homeless, didn’t have transportation or a job and she was in a difficult relationship. A mother of three children, she was persistent, despite her challenges, to improve her life. She participated in our 15-week wrap around job training and skill building program but was not quite ready for employment. With grant funds from the Vermont Community Foundation, we enrolled her in our extended program which paid her wages for another 15-weeks. At the end of that period, she was able to save enough money to move into a permanent living situation and even purchase a used car with cash. Following graduation from Cornucopia, Nancy was able to secure a full-time job in food service. She returns to Cornucopia frequently to help out and to express her gratitude to the staff and for the opportunity she received.”
By the Numbers
83% of our 12 graduates were able to attain employment and maintain it for at least six months post-graduation. As part of the skill-building program, participants packaged and prepared 30,615 meals for home bound seniors through the Meals on Wheels.
Earned $3,000 through 8 pop-up events which were staffed by youth in our Youth Empowerment Initiative.
3300 US Rte 5, Derby, VT 05829