“People need to realize what went wrong there and how it has affected people who were born even after the orphanage closed. My own children have been impacted”


In May, a group of Restorative Inquiry participants requested the opportunity to work together in a facilitated writers’ workshop. In response to this request, SJORI contracted the services of author Carol Adinolfi to coordinate a 10-week writers’ group. Five former residents participated in the group and are now sharing their work via select online readings. SJORI is also planning on video recording each author reading their work. These videos will eventually be available on the website. Thank you to Carol for your dedication and commitment to support the work of the remarkable writers of the group. 

In addition to the writing group, Restorative Inquiry participants have submitted personal writings for the public. You can read these below as well. We will continue to upload new work from former residents as they are submitted. 

Please click on the names and subjects for individual and group writing as well as the process. 


Geno Clark  

Sheila Grisard 

Katelin Hoffman 

Michael Ryan

Debi Ellsworth


Rock Painting Project

Writing Experiments & Tools for Writers


Pope Francis Letter


Download full PDFs below. 



Letter to

Pope Francis

Walter Coltey, Former Child of the Orphanage, talks about St. Joseph’s Orphanage and his personal experience with the Restorative Inquiry with Marc Wennberg, Community Facilitator, and Anna Nasset of the Mend Podcast. 

Mary Ellen Goodrow talks with her son, James, about the Orphanage and her search for her birth parents.


The St. Joseph Orphanage Restorative Inquiry seeks to understand and document the events of the orphanage through the voices, experiences, and stories of those most impacted: the former children of the Orphanage. The Restorative Inquiry will then facilitate inclusive processes of accountability, amends-making, learning, and change.  The St. Joseph’s Orphanage Restorative Inquiry is an initiative of the Burlington Community Justice Center, a division of the Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) of the City of Burlington.


Marc Wennberg

T: 802-522-7394

E: marc@communityreentry.net

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