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
Programs: Core curriculum statistics:women's empowerment witnessed life-changing moments in 2014 as 86 women graduated and are thriving. In 2014, 88% of women secured jobs and 400 women utilized graduate services through women's empowerment including paid training like the get a job kit training program, and unpaid training and other services such as participation in the gala, holiday craft party, and clothing closet. 89% of women and their children regained and maintained a safe and stable home. The on-site childcare program provided services to 91 homeless children. Healthy meals and educational games helped kids handle the stress of homelessness and reach developmental milestones.
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.
One of my favorite experiences has been meeting Candace. She was homeless due to domestic violence. I saw her working hard every day to accomplish her graduation requirements. She was motivated to turn her life around, taking advantage of every opportunity presented to her.
Today, Candace has a job. She volunteers her time on the speakers bureau at Women's Empowerment because she wants to spread awareness and inspire others.
Hers is just one of many powerful stories. Women's Empowerment really makes a difference! And that's why I give part of my pay check back every month.