Women's Empowerment

The mission of Women's Empowerment is to educate and empower women, who are homeless, with the skills and confidence necessary to get a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.

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Address: 1590 North A Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Lisa Culp
Contact Email: kt@womens-empowerment.org
Primary Phone: 916-669-2307 x104
Website: http://www.womens-empowerment.org
Women's Empowerment educates and empowers women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle and regain a home for themselves and their children. Women's Empowerment offers the most comprehensive job-readiness program in the Sacramento area designed specifically for women who are homeless. Pathways to education, training, and employment are the most successful solutions to ending homelessness for good. Without a solution like Women's Empowerment, many women and their children get trapped in the cycle of homelessness. At Women's Empowerment over 75% of women are survivors of domestic violence and 36% have family members who are homeless. Children who are homeless are four times more likely to experience developmental delays. Homelessness is not only traumatizing for women and children, it is expensive: Estimates show each person who is homeless can cost a community over $40,000.

In our nine-week job-readiness program, we provide women with onsite childcare in our child development center and transportation assistance to attend classes and job interviews. Each woman works with a social worker to address the root causes of her homelessness. She receives health services onsite and is connected to additional health services in the community. Unlike most welfare-to-work programs, we lead with empowerment: confidence-building in a safe space where women can work on their personal growth, physically, and mentally. We bring in skilled volunteers from the community that teach empowerment and job-readiness classes and who demonstrate to each woman her value to the community. With health and confidence improving, women can focus on job readiness with their employment specialist. Our holistic approach prepares women to implement changes that lead to a healthy body, safe home, and steady paycheck. Graduates can enroll in our advanced program that includes paid job training, certifications, GED preparation, and financial literacy classes. These services are ongoing and offered to any of the women who have graduated from Women's Empowerment. We partner with many local employers who hire our graduates. Since 2001, we have graduated 1,479 women with over 3,500 children. Over the past three years, an average of 92% of graduates regained a safe home, and an average of 80% secured jobs or enrolled in school or training.
Women and children are the secret of homelessness. They're also the fastest growing homeless population in Sacramento. Women and children are not what people usually think of when homelessness is considered - they're not as visible, and are often left out of the community conversation. But WE see them, and WE hear them; WE are here for them. Many government service agencies have a very limited definition of "homeless." By their terms, a person is "homeless" only when they are physically on the street, or in their car, for a specified period. But women, and especially mothers, will do everything they can to avoid those unsafe and scary situations. Sometimes that means couch hopping, even if kids are split up to different homes. Sometimes it's shelters, sometimes motels - both risky; neither HOME. And because of this - because these women are doing their best to be safe and sheltered - they are often ineligible for public services. Women's Empowerment is a PRIVATE non-profit so that we can have a broader definition of "homeless." We work to stand in the gap for the women and children of Sacramento who are home-LESS, or at risk of homelessness. And to do this, we rely solely on the generosity of private donors and volunteers to operate. To do this, we need you. Our top needs: 1. Funding: Unrestricted - Women's Empowerment is a private non-profit which does not receive any government funding. We rely solely on donations from individuals, businesses, and local and national foundations. For every dollar that you donate to Women's Empowerment, 83 cents goes directly towards breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children in Sacramento. 2. Other - Please Describe - Hire! Please consider hiring our ready, willing, and capable graduates! Employment is the best pathway out of homelessness. You can be the difference. 3. Volunteers - We rely heavily on volunteers to help with the many facets of our program. Volunteer opportunities include: Career Mentors, Childcare, Workshop Facilitators (Cover Letters, Financial Literacy, Resume Writing, etc.), Mock Interviewers, Special Event help, and so much more! For more information on how you can get involved visit: www.womens-empowerment.org/volunteer 4. Other - Please Describe - Share: Help us spread the word of Women's Empowerment through sharing us through your social media, with your networks, and in your community. 5. In-Kind Donations - We need Community Partners who will support our program and development endeavors through in-kind donations. Items we need include professional wear for our Clothing Closet, program-supportive materials like resume paper, and diapers and snacks for our Child Development Center. Contact us to learn more about our currents wishlists and urgent needs!
"1,479 women have risen from homelessness since we opened our doors in 2001. These 1,479 women did not achieve this alone. But they sure started alone. Most of the women who have graduated from our program made the powerful decision to change their lives when they felt most isolated and hopeless. Every door seemed closed. Yet each woman dared to envision herself stepping through new doors. Each woman drew on a depth of courage many of us may never need to call upon. Often I am credited as "The Founder" of Women's Empowerment. But the true architects were a handful of volunteers and ten women who were homeless. Ten women who chose to step up and believe that together we could create a program that would transform their lives. Ten women who had faith that Sacramento would want to be part of the solution to ending homelessness. That is the beauty and strength of Women's Empowerment.

First, women step up and choose to believe they can re-author their lives. Then together with the community, we support her to step out of homelessness for good. As the women in our program build relationships with their social workers and employment specialists, each woman also develops a bond with her volunteer career mentor and an authentic sisterhood with her fellow students. Thanks to more than 600 volunteers each year - people just like you - women in our program graduate knowing that there is a community rallying for them. And thanks to essential partnerships with local employers, 84% of women, on average, secure a job or enroll in school or training each year. People just like you have stepped up each year to end homelessness for women and children through generous donations - in fact, this community is filled with such faithful supporters that we do not rely on any government funding. Thank you for believing that true, grassroots change is possible. Together, we are truly ending homelessness one woman - one family - at a time. Each woman who is homeless carries great potential. Women's Empowerment offers a pathway to a new life for herself and her children. You can help her make it happen."

Lisa Culp
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Empowerment