Jobs for Independence (JFI)

Want help finding a new or better paying job?

JFI - Overview

In 2015, Vermont was one of ten states chosen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop and test strategies for reducing dependency on the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Vermont’s SNAP Program,

called 3SquaresVT and administered by the Department for Children and Families (DCF), was awarded a three‐year $8.9 million dollar grant to develop a job readiness and training pilot program for people getting benefits.


Vermont’s pilot, called Jobs for Independence (JFI), has been recruiting and enrolling since March of 2016 with nearly 1,500 currently enrolled.


JFI - Who Can Participate?

Who Can Participate?

All Vermonters who get 3SquaresVT benefits may be eligible to participate. We can help you even if you:

  • Don't have stable housing

  • Have a mental health issue

  • Are struggling with substance abuse or recovery

  • Have a criminal record

Those selected for the program, could get help to:

  • Resolve issues that may be keeping them from work (e.g., criminal record, mental health, substance abuse, or unstable housing)
  • Find new or better jobs
  • Gain work skills and knowledge
  • Pay for things they need to work like car repairs and work clothes
  • Earn the Governor’s Career Ready Certificate at the Community College of Vermont (CCV)
  • Achieve industry‐recognized certification (e.g., CDL or IT Software)

Act Now!

JFI can only enroll new applicants until December 31, 2017. If you or someone you know could benefit, call your local Capstone office today or visit the JFI website at to find out more!

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