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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.

Sparrow Project

Sparrow Project The Sparrow Program provides community-based case management, support, referral, and advocacy for individuals in Windsor County who are caught up in a cycle of involvement with the criminal justice system and facing unmet social service needs. The goal of the Sparrow Program is to connect individuals facing nonviolent criminal charges with resources to help address mental health and substance abuse issues. The results of any alcohol, drug, or mental health screening or assessment are confidential and will not be released to the court without your written permission.

Who is eligible for the Sparrow Program?

  • 18 years and older
  • Identified substance abuse or mental health concern
  • Nonviolent criminal charges in Windsor County, which could include a violation or probation or parole
  • Post-arraignment / Pre-sentencing

Sparrow Program participants often address the following concerns:

  • Not drinking
  • Not using drugs
  • Getting connected to other social services
  • Learning to handle stress
  • Learning to set boundaries
  • Finding a place to live
  • Finding a job
  • Managing daily responsibilities
  • Help with transportation
  • Learning new parenting skills
  • Learning how to manage and budget money
  • Getting medical insurance

It is our goal to help you learn the skills to make decisions that will lead to your stabilization, recovery, and to feel empowered in your life.

Successful completion of the Sparrow Program may be factored into the resolution of your criminal case by the Judge.

If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in or learning more about the Sparrow Program please contact the Sparrow Coordinator at (802) 295-3031.

The Sparrow Program is a collaborative effort between HCRS, the Windsor District Court, the Windsor County’s State Attorney’s office, the Public Defender’s office, Springfield and Hartford Probation & Parole, and the Field Service Division of the Agency of Human Services for the Springfield and Hartford Districts.