Women's Empowerment

Rating: 4.97 stars   31 reviews

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Location: 1400 N C St Sacramento CA 95811 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 2009 Nonprofit of the Year 2010 Founder & Executive Director Lisa Culp named for an international Ruby Award from Soroptimist International
Target demographics: Homeless women in Sacramento
Direct beneficiaries per year: 524
Geographic areas served: Sacramento
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EIN 03-0520643
916-669-2307
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the 'WOW' organizations you love to stumble upon. The volunteers are absolutely wonderful and nice and its such an awesome program that is instrumental to ending homelessness. They give a hand up rather than a hand out. They truly do empower their students!
I and our DCHS ROTC Cadets were able to volunteer for them on their moving day and they loved every minute of it. The kids left there feeling empowered themselves, a very enriching experience for them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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7 people found this review helpful

I helped recent immigrants find their first job here, I received counseling services and changed my career, I spent a day planting trees in Dolores park

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

I helped recent immigrants find their first job here, I received counseling services and changed my career, I spent a day planting trees in Dolores park

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Women's Empowerment is an innovative, effective, and financially modest organization that works with homeless and impoverished women to transform their lives and circumstances. I've steadily volunteered with the organization for 7 years and have seen thousands of lives changed. The staff is deeply dedicated and highly skilled. Extensive use is made of volunteers, especially as one on one job mentors for each woman. The program balances "soft" personal growth and empowerment work with specific job seeking skills and life management information.

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

helping homeless women and their families. I've seen graduates speaking publicly as advocates for the homeless. I've watched a graduate lead workshops about domestic violence. I've visited graduates and their families in new homes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Many organizations say they do important work to help women succeed, but Sacramento's Women's Empowerment does--each and every day, year after year. And no other non-profit does it with more grace and dignity and yet, daunting budgetary contraints. By providing women with a safe environment in which to grow and tackle their toughest fears, Women's Empowerment does the work of God on Earth. The walls in the cheerful yet sparse main classroom are literally papered with success stories of hundreds of women who've found employment and most importantly, found themselves and tasted success for perhaps the first time in their lives because of this program. Their outstanding and dedicated staff and volunteers all work collaboratively with their heads, hands and hearts to inspire, motivate and help women live better, eat better, manage finances better, work better and handle stress better. And so much more. In my case, I teach business etiquette skills to empower students to interview confidently, get and keep their jobs in today's tough economy. It is a privilege to present to such a motivated group and an honor to play a small role in one of Northern California's finest humanitarian legacies.

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

Every time I present, I am welcomed by a motivated group of 25 to 30 women who focus on seeing the light rather than darkness. They take notes, are respectful and always appreciate helpful information. They are goal-oriented and focused on the future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Compassionate, competent and caring staff have created a highly successful program to help homeless women find jobs, housing, education, and the self esteem they badly needed. Women come into the program feeling broken and worthless; they leave knowing they are capable and precious. It is truly magical.

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

seeing women find themselves, believe in themselves, and is seeing their families develop renewed faith in them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

To say that I am impressed with Women’s Empowerment is an understatement. Their expectation of success for the women who are enrolled is obvious and the compassion and clarity with which they offer their services is really inspirational. Many of their clients are women who have given up on themselves and with the help of staff and volunteers, I have watched them slowly get their dreams back. It’s an honor to be in their company

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

I see women with new hope for themselves and their children. I have met graduates who are living independently and finding jobs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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!

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!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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