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May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

I've had the honor to volunteer with Women's Empowerment for the last 6 years and through that time I have been in awe of the life sustaining services provided by this organization. Lisa Culp and her staff are gifted educators working to bring an end to homelessness for women and children in our community. I've witnessed the transformation of the ladies in the program, as they graduate with more self-confidence then they initially walked in the door with, to continuing on in new careers or graduating from college. Some life paths miss the basic life skills needed to exist in our society, such as household budgeting, job seeking and maintaining skills, and interpersonal relationship skills - Women's Empowerment is the second chance to obtain these vital life skills.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing 80% of graduates securing housing and 80% of graduates either obtained jobs or enrolled in school. Not many non-profits have such success rates.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the results!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

perfect for the loving, guiding roles they serve in with our local homeless women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

assist thousands of women obtain the life skills necessary to end the cycle of homelessnes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

The Women's Empowerment Program located in Sacramento, California started out small with BIG plans to make important changes in women's lives. Although many thought it was an impossible goal, Lisa Culp, WE Director told the homeless women to say," I'm' Possible". You hear the word empowerment often, but the hidden word is HER! Empower HER! That is exactly the mission of WE- to promote independence of disadvantaged women by providing a network of support, career development tools to help them in the working world and in life. Many of these woman have had their confidence and rights stripped away from domestic violence. These women enter the program afraid of change and have walls built up by despair. But the caring and gentle staff at WE provide a spirit of unity and love that is passed on to the women who have been abused and suffer from low- self esteem. The staff, teachers and mentors plant life changing seeds that cultivate and grow even after the women have graduated from the eight week transformative program. I think a big part of the program's success is that these women finally have been given an opportunity to succeed and that someone truly believes in them and they eventually begin to believe in themselves. It's all about dignity, respect, accountability and the opportunity to be heard. Also, to hear their stories and help them through their anger or addictions. One graduate said, " It means a lot when someone takes the time to help you when you are at your lowest. That's special, that's priceless. That's a gift". Since the Oprah show, Sacramento has received much media attention for the homeless tent city. Our Mayor just moved the problem across town and nothing was really resolved. I wish Oprah knew about this tiny little program called, Women's Empowerment and all the incredible, miraculous stories that happen everyday down there. People need to hear good stories once in a while and I hope that the word gets out about all the lives of women and children that are being empowered and changed for a lifetime! I am so proud to be a volunteer for this wonderful, loving organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen results in the women that I have met who have graduated from the program. I have seen the transformation in the attitudes and lives of these courageous women. Stats are impressive, but talking to real person is the best experience!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

I am a facilitator who has worked with many different non-profit organizations and Women's Empowerment stands out as a shining star that is true to its mission of ending homelessness one woman at a time. This small, but mighty organization is truly making a difference, providing women with practical training, support, access to information about resources and empowering them to overcome obstacles and get their feet back on the ground. Helping women get back into the workforce or back to school, back into housing, and reunited with families, this organization is not only helping women directly, but entire families of children. The director and staff are nothing short of amazing. It should be a role model for other cities and is so deserving of any support anyone can afford to give.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting their graduates and working with the staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting their graduates and hearing real life turnaround success stories.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nothing short of amazing. Buckets full of practical support and compassion and positivity and hard work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make an even bigger difference!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I'm a psychologist and have worked with community programs in a training capacity for many years. I was looking for a program to volunteer in. I went to the Women's Empowerment office, viewed the hundreds of photos of women who have benefitted from this program, and was hooked! This program really works. Homeless women are given tools to help get jobs. Pure and simple. They can then get stable places to live and support their children in a good home environment. Women's Empowerment is run in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Many women say this is the first place in a long time where they can feel safe and accepted. The staff work hard to give these people what they need. This is a community program from Heaven. And, it's run by a true angel: Lisa Culp. I'm proud to be on the Board of Directors and will remain here as long as they'll have me!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Listening to the stories of women at graduation who have gotten jobs, housing, and are now supporting their children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are caring and devote their energy to supporting both clients and volunteer staff. No administrative beaurocracy

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Enlarge this program to serve more women. They have to turn women away. And, it could look for viable entrepreneurial ways to stabilize funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I had the opportunity and pleasure to assist as a mentor to women particpating in the program. There are many values in this program which is designed to support, and enable women to become independent, and learn to recognize their own worth. There are many good things to say about the program: its practicality, its emphasis on the women participants' responsibilites in the workshops, excellent and caring management, and Finally the joy experienced by the women of realizing their own capabilities

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the women grow and recognize their own worth and capabilities through a structured and suportive program

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I have been volunteering at Sacramento's Women's Empowerment for three years. The services and support they provide to homeless women are amazing! It opened my eyes to how easy it is to become homeless, and how after a time how difficult it can be to get out of that way of life. They know what their doing at Women's Empowerment, starting with the basics like anger management, self esteem, parental skills then moving onto resume writing, mock interviews and job skills training. I volunteer because the program makes it so easy for me to make a difference. They cover so many of the basics we all take for granted like glasses to see with, child care so women can attend these classes, copies of birth certificates or GED's, affordable housing. I spread the word wherever I go and encourage others to sign up too. Their graduates with new confidence in themselves and a new perspective on life speak to the sucess of the program!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The great feeling as I see a women's confidence grow during the 8 week program. The smile on their faces and they proudly show their social workers a resume when they didn't believe they had enough work history to even create one and the tears of joy.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 28, 2010

I had the honor of teaching a weekly yoga class for about a year to women enrolled in the Women's Empowerment sessions. Women's Empowerment is unique in that it provides a holistic approach to ending the cycle of homelessness, including healthy living. In addition to its physical benefits, the practice of yoga offers these women an approachable way to relax and rejuvenate. It was amazing to see the women experience a brief respite from the daily challenges of life and find a place of calm. Some women continued with the practice outside of class, whenever they could, be it 30 minutes after dinner at a shelter, or just pausing to consciously breathe fully for a few minutes during their day. Yoga is just one small part of what Women's Empowerment offers in a well-rounded, supportive, caring and amazingly empowering program for equally powerful and amazing women.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to bring a bit of peace, calm and presence to women through the practice of yoga - and experiencing in return their kindness and gratitude for the practice.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing smiling, happy and powerful women full of fierce hope and determination on Graduation Day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely supportive, kind, committed, dependable and determined.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the number of women it services and help place more women into jobs in the Sacramento region and beyond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I'm inspired by the people and programs at Women's Empowerment and particularly by their success in ending homelessness for women and children. The wholistic approach philosophy addresses the comprehensive needs that women have to get the skills to find and keep jobs and the resources to find and keep homes. The programs' focus on confidence, personal and work skills, health, child care, parenting, personal care, time management etc., leads to WE's high level of success. Staff members believe in their clients' ability to change and back up the belief by providing the resources for them to do so. It is an awesome program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When I have met the women whose lives have been changed at fundraisers and on planning committees.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 28, 2010

I have been involved with Women's Empowerment since 2007 in different capacities. Most recently as a mentor to a student in the class and conducting mock interviews. Women's Empowerment is a strong program with good values and a purpose that is making a difference in the students, volunteers and the community as a whole. This program has opened up wide possibilites for these woman who may not have had any. The leadership that Lisa Culp and others have and the passion for what they do make it a FANTASTIC non profit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have experience my own growth with helping others and how that makes me feel.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I have been able to help facilitiate a parenting class in the eight week training programs over the past 18 months. What Womens' Empowerment offers is phenomenal, thanks to the founders and all volunteers. I wouldn't miss being involved for anything, and feel deeply humbled, hhonored and empowered by all the contributors, particularly the women who enter this program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the impact it has had on the women who have gone through the program

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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