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  • Wynona Ward is named the first "Hero of the Week" by CNN Television during the first week of January. Over 300 calls for help from across the country are received by HJWT. Many e-mails of congratulations are received and over $3,000.00 in individual donations are received.
  • The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains celebrates women of courage, confidence, and character at a "Breakfast of Champions" in Montpelier, Vermont. Wynona receives an award in the community category for making a significant difference in the community and for being a role model whose professional accomplishments, leadership, and community contributions inspire girls to reach their greatest potential.
  • Global Grassroots, a nonprofit organization in Hanover, NH that supports conscious social change for women in post-conflict societies throughout the world, honors Wynona and Have Justice Will Travel with the "Inaugural Upper Valley Change Agent Award" which was presented at a LUNAFEST film festival. The film festival, for and about women, featured ten short films celebrating the talents and stories of women.
  • The HJWT model continues to work. Only 10% of our clients return to abusers or go on to other abusive situations. This is unheard of anywhere else in the country.
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  • HJWT receives the 2009 Louis M. Brown Meritorious Recognition Aware for Legal Access from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. This award, given each year, celebrates the career and achievements of a practitioner and professor of law who spent 63 years advancing innovative ideas that would make legal services available to those of modest means.
  • Like many non-profit organizations in Vermont and across the nation, HJWT suffers from the downturn in the national economy. The US Department of Justice grant is significantly reduced forcing HJWT to close its Brattleboro office and reduce the operating time for the Bennington office in Southern Vermont. One attorney and two paralegal/client service coordinator positions are lost because of lack of funding.
  • Wynona has no choice but to cut back on her direct client service work to concentrate on development for HJWT. She begins spending a majority of her time working on development projects and writing grants to fund the work of HJWT. The drastically reduced amount of funds received in 2009 makes it extremely difficult to keep HJWT operating.
  • In 2009, HJWT receives 1,098 calls from Vermonters who are desperate to have an attorney represent them in Court. With only three attorneys and one legal intern, the HJWT Legal Empowerment Assistance Program, funded by the Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Women's Fund, becomes an even more integral part of the services HJWT offers.
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  • A television crew from California for Direct TV comes to Vermont to film a program about HJWT that is featured in their "Hometown Heroes" program.
  • Wynona travels to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual Equal Justice Works gathering where HJWT was featured in their alumni video. She also met with staff from Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sander's office, as well as Congressman Peter Welch's office.
  • HJWT is featured on the cover of me* Magazine, which is handed out to the audience at the performance of the "Menopause, The Musical Out Loud." This hilarious celebration of women and the change has entertained audiences across the country in more than 200 cities plus internationally in twelve countries.
  • Kate Kennedy, the senior attorney at HJWT, establishes an office in Randolph, Vermont to serve clients in Orange and Washington Counties in Central Vermont.
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  • The US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Rural grant is renewed until 2009. This allows HJWT to increase the paralegal/client service coordinator positions to full-time in the two Southern Vermont offices, therefore, freeing the attorneys to provide the HJWT holistic legal services for more clients.
  • HJWT organizes, obtains funding, and hosts a conference, "Children, Domestic Violence, and the Law" at Mt. Snow in Southern Vermont. With support from the federal Rural grant, an anonymous donor, and many local businesses, this conference was provided free to Vermont judges, lawyers, court personnel, legal services staff, prosecutors, victim advocates, mental health professionals, supervised visitation staff, victim witness specialists, social service workers, and the entire HJWT staff. It featured well-known national and international presenters as well as a Vermont Family Court Judge.
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  • An anonymous gift of real property is received which allows HJWT to bring much needed services to women and children in the Northeast Kingdom area of Vermont. Located in Brownington, Vermont this new office location provides easy access to Family Courts in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, and Orleans County. In addition to office space, there is a beautiful large log home on the over 70 acres which will be used for staff, board, and community meeting as well as a safe house for clients and a visitation location for mothers and children.
  • The HJWT staff and Board of Directors work together to develop a Strategic Plan that includes goals of:
    • Developing the staff, administrative, and development capacity necessary to support the growth and expansion of services,
    • Creating and implementing a development program that moves HJWT towards sustainable funding,
    • Expanding the HJWT model of holistic services for victims of domestic abuse beyond the current geographic service area,
    • Fully developing a replication plan and systems for expanding services to other rural areas outside Vermont,
    • Participating in domestic violence policy and education programs and legislative actions consistent with 501(c)3 status, and
    • Evaluating each Strategic Goal.
  • The HJWT Women in Transition Life Skills and Mentoring Group is expanded into Southern Vermont. Started in 1999 by Wynona and Board of Directors Secretary, Nancy Harter, this group helps women overcome fear, guilt, and isolation and teaches them to use the coping skills they used to survive the abusive into strengths to move forward in their lives.
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  • By 2005, HJWT has established three offices in the state in Vershire, Bennington, and Brattleboro. At this time five attorneys, two paralegal/client service coordinators, one legal intern, an office manager, and several undergraduate and law student interns make up the HJWT team. HJWT continues to rely on the federal grant it receives, private foundation grants, and individual donors to meet its yearly budget. HJWT continues to experience a constant struggle for funds, resources, and grants in order to serve clients.
  • In October 2005, the Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Grant is renewed by US Department of Justice Violence Against Women Office.
  • Wynona and Legal Intern Robin Goodrum continue to develop the Legal Empowerment Assistance Program (LEAP), which offers long-term on-going support navigating the legal system. LEAP allows HJWT to offer legal advice and direction throughout the development of the client's case. LEAP meets the needs of many disadvantaged Vermonters for whom HJWT cannot provide full representation because of the limited number of attorneys HJWT is able to employ under current funding.
  • Wynona travels throughout the country to discuss the HJWT model and possible replication in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
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  • HJWT relocates its central Vermont office space from the first floor of Wynona and Harold Ward's home to a ranch style home previously owned by Harold's grandparents. Renovations were made through donations and with the help of many volunteers. These included updating the electric system, installation of a donated network telephone system by a local technician who donated his work, and painting and other repairs were made by volunteer Harold Ward. The second floor of a storage building on the property was organized for storage of donated clothes, furniture, dishes, linens, and other living necessities for clients.
  • HJWT has now established another office in Southern Vermont. It continues to operate out of the Brattleboro, Vermont office to serve clients in Windham County and has hired a part-time assistant for the attorney there. In addition, an office has been established in Bennington with funds from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. A full-time attorney and part-time assistant was hired to serve clients in Bennington County.
  • Native Americans from Minnesota visit Vermont to learn about the HJWT model and want to obtain funding to implement the model on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota.
  • Wynona receives two awards in 2004. The first is the prestigious "Community Impact Award" for her work against domestic violence given by the regional chapter of the American Red Cross. Inspired by the 9/11 attacks, "The Central Vermont Salute to Hometown Heroes" honored people who live and work in Orange and Washington Counties.
  • The second award took place in Atlanta, Georgia where The Foundation for the Improvement for Justice gave its Paul H. Chapman Award to Wynona for her work.
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  • Kate begins teaching a class on dating violence at a local high school during their health class.
  • Wynona receives Lifetime Television's Acheivement Award. She received the Champion Award, the most prestigious honor. She was given a monetary honarium and was featured in taped segments during the television special and in profiles on lifetimetv.com.
  • Jessica Loeffler, a local Vermont Student receives a stipend from Connecticut College and volunteers as a summer intern. She designs and produces the first HJWT newsletter.
  • The HJWT website is updated by Jessica Loeffler and James Donnelly, a volunteer from Dartmouth College with extensive knowledge of website and computer systems.
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  • The HJWT Southern office is established, an attorney, Amy Phillippo, Esq. becomes director of this office and begins providing services for clients.
  • Administrative Assistant, Johnnie Covey, a survivor of domestic violence is hired, to provide assistance for all HJWT staff and attorneys.
  • The circle is complete, Harold Ward, Wynona's husband joins HJWT. Harold is responsible business administration and client social services. To make room for new staff, the first floor of the Ward home is now HJWT office space.
  • Paralegal, Robin Goodrum, from Champlain College completes an internship.
  • VLS student Catherine Donelley receives Schweitzer, Rubin, and EJF Fellow-ships to work with HJWT during Summer 2002 and for 2002-2003 school year.
  • VLS student Jessica Durkis volunteers two days a week with HJWT. Jessica works Women in Transition Group and on direct service for clients.
  • HJWT receives a grant from the Alces Foundation of South Hamilton, MA to continue operating the Women in Transition Group for another year.
  • Kathyrn A.C. Kennedy, 2002 graduate of Vermont Law School, joins HJWT as an attorney to represent women and children in North Central VT. Funding for two years made possible by the Ann L. Bronfman Foundation of Washington, D.C.
  • Robin Goodrum, 2002 graduate of Champlain College joins HJWT as a part-time para-legal. Funding made possible by the Vermont Bar Foundation.
  • Anne N. Sosin, 2002 Dartmouth College graduate joins HJWT as an Americor/ Vista volunteer. Funding shared with Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College.
  • Funding is received from the Grace River Foundation of Boston, MA for which $5,000.00 is designated to be used for counseling services for clients.
  • Cellular One donates five bag phones for HJWT clients who do not have phones so in an emergency they can dial 911 and the VT domestic violence hot line.
  • Wynona is the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual VT Women's Economic Conf. sponsored by Vermont Senator, Patrick J. Leahy.
  • Wynona is chosen as one of four Women of the Year by Women's Day Magazine.
  • A story on HJWT appears in People Magazine, "Help On Wheels".

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  • HJWT receives notice of a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act Office to expand services in Bennington and Windham County in Southern Vermont.
  • Dartmouth College student, Anne Sosin volunteers as a summer intern. Wynona speaks locally and nationally about HJWT and family violence.
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  • Wynona receives an award from the Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga, TN and a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for Public of Washington, D.C.
  • Wynona updates four wheel drive vehicle with a 1996 Ford Explorer and hires two part-time secretary/paralegals. HJWT website is designed and on-line.

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  • Connie Button, a HJWT client, and Wynona see the need for follow-up and supportive services for women to help them achieve independence. Nancy Harter, a volunteer Development Consultant, Connie and Wynona plan
  • and implement the HJWT Women in Transition Life Skills and Mentoring
  • Support Group that in the first year is funded by the VT Women's Fund.
  • The print, radio, and television media picks up on Wynona's story of childhood abuse, being a truck driver, and becoming a public interst lawyer. Stories appear in the Boston Globe, ABA Journal, Ms., Vermont, marie claire, Good Housekeeping, Hope, Burlington Free Press, Valley News, and other local newspapers.
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  • HJWT is formerly established with funding from a NAPIL Fellowship (now Equal Justice Works) and a grant from the Vermont Women's Fund. Wynona
    begins providing free legal services, in-home consultations, and transportation in a 15-year old Dodge equipped with cell phone, laptop, printer, and CB radio.
  • Wynona works under the mentorship of the South Royalton Legal Clinic, the teaching and practicing clinic at VLS, with Alexander W. Banks, Esq., Mary Ann Zavez, Esq., James C. May, Esq., and Arthur Edersheim, Esq.
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  • As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow and a Vermont Law School student, Wynona chairs a national conference, Doctors, Lawyers and Domestic Violence at VLS featuring Sarah Buel. While working as a Zander Rubin Fellow at the VT Attorney General's Office, Wynona's vision that HJWT would serve both women and children is born.
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  • Wynona I. Ward, the Founder of Have Justice--Will Travel, who grew up in poverty on a rural back road in Vermont where family violence was a common occurence, begins to realize the need for Have Justice--Will Travel (HJWT).
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